- displaying perseverance; resolutely persistent; steadfast: a persevering student.
Origin of persevering
- to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.
- to persist in speech, interrogation, argument, etc.; insist.
- to bolster, sustain, or uphold: unflagging faith that had persevered him.
Origin of persevere
1. See continue.
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Versatile, yet persevering, he varied his pursuits, but he never abandoned any.
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- (intr often foll by in) to show perseverance
C14: from Old French perseverer, from Latin persevērāre, from perseverus very strict; see severe
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Word Origin and History for persevering
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