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.
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 ).
- en·dur·er, noun
- un·en·dured, adjective
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How to use endure in a sentence
My father has suffered two strokes and endured brain cancer since I was arrested and imprisoned.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike | IranWire | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I say it's hard to figure because Hitchcock's work has endured.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This “tradition” endured into 18th and 19th century America.No Wonder Cosby's Keeping Quiet: He Could Still Be Prosecuted | Jay Michaelson | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She hoped to fashion them into a necklace, she said, as a symbol of the pain she had endured.
His body has endured harsh heat and constant strenuous activity.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother | Justin Jones | October 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the year of misery, of agony and suffering in general he had endured, he had settled upon one theory.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
Though built upon the sand, they still endured, and would continue to endure.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
I endured his insults until the time came when further forbearance would have been a disgrace, and then I closed with him.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
Rain storms, hot winds, sweltering intervals of intolerable heat—these were vagaries of nature and might be endured.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
How little the light-hearted dragoon guessed what those two had endured together!The Red Year | Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for endure
to undergo (hardship, strain, privation, etc) without yielding; bear
(tr) to permit or tolerate
(intr) to last or continue to exist
- endurable, adjective
- endurability or endurableness, noun
- endurably, adverb
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