verb (used with object), en·dured, en·dur·ing.
verb (used without object), en·dured, en·dur·ing.
Origin of endure
Endure comes from Old French endurer “to make hard, harden, bear.” The Old French verb is a regular development of Latin indūrāre, with the same meanings. Indūrāre is a derivative of the adjective dūrus, which has a wide range of meanings, including “hard, firm, solid, constipated, dull, obtuse, pitiless, oppressive.”
Dūrus comes from an unrecorded drūr(us), dūr- (drūr-), being the Latin development of the Proto-Indo-European root deru-, doru-, drew-, drū- “oak tree, tree,” which is very common throughout the Indo-European languages and has many variants and suffixes. In Greek, dóry means “wood, tree, tree trunk, spear”; drŷs means “tree, oak tree” (sacred to Zeus); Dōrieús “a Dorian” was “a Greek (originally) from Dōrís (the ancient Greek region of Doris, literally, Forestlands).” The Old Irish noun drūi “druid” ultimately comes from dru-wid- “strong seer”; from the variant drew-. Old Church Slavonic has drĕvo “tree.” In Germanic, drew- becomes triu “tree, wood,” which becomes trēow in Old English (English tree ).
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|David Keyes|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some might lack the fortitude—or masochism—required to endure a grueling campaign (Rubio).What Republicans Need Right Now Is a Good Internal Fight|James Poulos|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
But he did endure tuberculosis and the Nazis, so he knew a thing or two about suffering.
Millions of children in India endure miserable and difficult lives.
He met that searching gaze as inscrutably as he had learned to endure the scrutiny of his opponent at the poker table.The Heart of Canyon Pass|Thomas K. Holmes
Would she ever know why he had not returned,—and knowing, would her love for him endure?The Hill of Venus|Nathan Gallizier
If it were possible by any amount of physical pain to still and silence the agony of conscience, who would not endure it?Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century|W. H. Davenport Adams
It was quite clear that he could not endure the thought of being "swung" for his diabolical deed.Anderson Crow, Detective|George Barr McCutcheon
The king used to say of me: “Madame cannot endure misalliances; she is always mocking at them.”The Correspondence of Madame, Princess Palatine, Mother of the Regent; of Marie-Adlade de Savoie, Duchesse de Bourgogne; and of Madame de Maintenon, in Relation to Saint-Cyr|Charlotte-Elisabeth, duchesse d Orlans; Marie Adelaide, of Savoy, Duchess of Burgundy; and Madame de Maintenon
British Dictionary definitions for endure
Word Origin for endure
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.