- 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.
- 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.
Origin of endure
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Examples from the Web for endure
This is a degrading and shameful state which no man or woman should be forced to endure.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror
December 19, 2014
Some might lack the fortitude—or masochism—required to endure a grueling campaign (Rubio).What Republicans Need Right Now Is a Good Internal Fight
November 6, 2014
I also must thank Ra'if, who taught me how to endure the impossible, stay strong and fight tirelessly to get him back.Wife of Jailed Saudi Blogger: My Husband Is a Victim of the Thought Police
Ensaf Haidar, Advancing Human Rights
October 20, 2014
But he did endure tuberculosis and the Nazis, so he knew a thing or two about suffering.Albert Camus, Our Existential Epidemiologist
October 17, 2014
Millions of children in India endure miserable and difficult lives.Stopping the Small Hands of Slavery
October 13, 2014
Then he set to work and made himself a grave which was to endure for all time.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
But will it be just, will it be honest, to marry a man I cannot endure?
Indeed, my dear, as you say of Solmes, I cannot endure them!
It is the strongest assurance that the recovery will endure.
But we have no promise from God that our greatness will endure.
- to undergo (hardship, strain, privation, etc) without yielding; bear
- (tr) to permit or tolerate
- (intr) to last or continue to exist
Word Origin and History for endure
early 14c., "to undergo or suffer" (especially without breaking); late 14c. "to continue in existence," from Old French endurer (12c.) "make hard, harden; bear, tolerate; keep up, maintain," from Latin indurare "make hard," in Late Latin "harden (the heart) against," from in- (see in- (2)) + durare "to harden," from durus "hard," from PIE *deru- "be firm, solid."
Replaced the important Old English verb dreogan (past tense dreag, past participle drogen), which survives in dialectal dree. Related: Endured; endures.