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endure

[ en-door, -dyoor ]
/ 蓻n藞d蕣蓹r, -藞dy蕣蓹r /
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verb (used with object), en路dured, en路dur路ing.
to hold out against; sustain without impairment or yielding; undergo: to endure great financial pressures with equanimity.
to bear without resistance or with patience; tolerate: I cannot endure your insults any longer.
to admit of; allow; bear: His poetry is such that it will not endure a superficial reading.
verb (used without object), en路dured, en路dur路ing.
to continue to exist; last: These words will endure as long as people live who love freedom.
to support adverse force or influence of any kind; suffer without yielding; suffer patiently: Even in the darkest ages humanity has endured.
to have or gain continued or lasting acknowledgment or recognition, as of worth, merit or greatness: His plays have endured for more than three centuries.
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Origin of endure

First recorded in 1275鈥1325; Middle English enduren, from Anglo-French, Old French endurer, from Latin ind奴r膩re 鈥渢o harden, make lasting,鈥 equivalent to in- in-2 + d奴r膩re 鈥渢o last, be or become hard,鈥 derivative of d奴rus 鈥渉ard鈥

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2. See bear1. 4. See continue.

historical usage of endure

From a word for a tree known for its hard and durable wood, we get endure, a word that evokes both lastingness (durability) and the ability to withstand or bear. Its history tells you why.
Endure comes from Old French endurer 鈥渢o make hard, harden, bear.鈥 The Old French verb is a regular development of Latin ind奴r膩re, with the same meanings. Ind奴r膩re is a derivative of the adjective d奴rus, which has a wide range of meanings, including 鈥渉ard, firm, solid, constipated, dull, obtuse, pitiless, oppressive.鈥
D奴rus comes from an unrecorded dr奴r(us), d奴r- (dr奴r-), being the Latin development of the Proto-Indo-European root deru-, doru-, drew-, dr奴- 鈥渙ak tree, tree,鈥 which is very common throughout the Indo-European languages and has many variants and suffixes. In Greek, d贸ry means 鈥渨ood, tree, tree trunk, spear鈥; dr欧s means 鈥渢ree, oak tree鈥 (sacred to Zeus); D艒rie煤s 鈥渁 Dorian鈥 was 鈥渁 Greek (originally) from D艒r铆s (the ancient Greek region of Doris, literally, Forestlands).鈥 The Old Irish noun dr奴i 鈥渄ruid鈥 ultimately comes from dru-wid- 鈥渟trong seer鈥; from the variant drew-. Old Church Slavonic has dr臅vo 鈥渢ree.鈥 In Germanic, drew- becomes triu 鈥渢ree, wood,鈥 which becomes tr膿ow in Old English (English tree ).

OTHER WORDS FROM endure

en路dur路er, nounun路en路dured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for endure

endure
/ (瑟n藞dj蕣蓹) /

verb
to undergo (hardship, strain, privation, etc) without yielding; bear
(tr) to permit or tolerate
(intr) to last or continue to exist

Derived forms of endure

endurable, adjectiveendurability or endurableness, nounendurably, adverb

Word Origin for endure

C14: from Old French endurer, from Latin ind奴r膩re to harden, from d奴rus hard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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