- lasting; permanent: a poet of enduring greatness.
- patient; long-suffering.
Origin of enduring
- 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 enduring
But the enduring response—stop the world, I want to get off—is the same.The Evangelical Apocalypse Is All Your Fault
January 4, 2015
But several of these words and phrases do manage to secure an enduring place in the English language.Feminist, Bae, Turnt: Time’s ‘Worst Words’ List Is Sexist and Racist
November 13, 2014
Statistics are one thing, enduring the jailhouse ordeal another.Escaping Assad’s Rape Prisons: A Survivor Tells Her Story
October 28, 2014
Cruising the Caribbean, enjoying beaches... Enduring Persecution as an American Christian sounds horrible.All Aboard the USS Persecution Complex
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
October 19, 2014
Call it tragic, call it comic, or call it both: The most enduring legacy of Viagra might be erectile dysfunction jokes.Laughter Will Be the Legacy of Viagra
October 2, 2014
But enduring philosophy comes only with time; and he was young.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
After enduring it for twenty-four hours he was led out to execution.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
The Italian soldier is not impressive as to stature, but he is tough and enduring.
Only enduring unrest till the darkness possess it, the last day.Poems
William D. Howells
It won her the enduring love of the children whom she taught as a governess.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
- permanent; lasting
- having forbearance; long-suffering
- 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 enduring
late 14c., action of the verb endure; as a present participle adjective meaning "lasting," from 1530s.
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.