- to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.
- to persist in speech, interrogation, argument, etc.; insist.
- to bolster, sustain, or uphold: unflagging faith that had persevered him.
Origin of persevere
1. See continue.
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Examples from the Web for persevere
There have been many struggles, trials, battles, and losses through which my name has helped me persevere.
She writes of the struggles, battles, and losses through which her name has helped her persevere—to the role that made her famous.
I wrote about the motivations of businessmen, and their determination to persevere.Not the Story You Were Expecting from Lebanon
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“The secret of her success and survival is her enormous ability to persevere,” Grubman says.How Martha Stewart Got Her Groove Back
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As the genre continues to fall apart, can it persevere to be the last soap standing?‘General Hospital’ Fights Back!
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It seemed, however, as if mysterious whispers encouraged her to persevere.The Dream
Overhears her brother and sister encourage Solmes to persevere in his address.
While that hope is encouraged by so many worthy friends, I must persevere.
He now stood obstinately resolved to persevere in his iniquity.
Persevere as you have begun, and, trust me, you will be happy.
- (intr often foll by in) to show perseverance
C14: from Old French perseverer, from Latin persevērāre, from perseverus very strict; see severe
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Word Origin and History for persevere
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