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persevere

[ pur-suh-veer ]
/ 藢p蓽r s蓹藞v瑟蓹r /
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verb (used without object), per路se路vered, per路se路ver路ing.
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.
verb (used with object), per路se路vered, per路se路ver路ing.
to bolster, sustain, or uphold: unflagging faith that had persevered him.
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Origin of persevere

1325鈥75; Middle English perseveren<Middle French perseverer<Latin persev膿r膩re to persist, derivative of persev膿rus very strict. See per-, severe

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1. See continue.
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What does聽persevere mean?

To persevere is to continue to do or try to achieve something despite difficulty or discouragement. A close synonym is persist.

The word is typically used in a positive way to refer to the actions of someone who doesn鈥檛 give up no matter what. A person perseveres when they keep trying despite major challenges and setbacks.

The noun perseverance refers to the act of persevering or the quality of those who persevere, as in You showed great perseverance by recovering from your injury to compete at an even higher level.

The adjective persevering can be used to describe those who persevere or their actions, as in Without the persevering efforts of our first responders, we would not have been able to save so many lives.聽

Example: Only if we work hard and persevere will we be able to achieve our goal鈥攊t will not be easy.

Where does聽persevere come from?

The first records of the word persevere come from the 1300s. It comes from the Latin persev膿r膩re, meaning 鈥渢o persist,鈥 from persev膿rus, 鈥渧ery strict.鈥

Persevering takes strict discipline. People who persevere may want to give up, but they keep going. Perseverance is often associated with other qualities that are thought to be essential for achieving success, like patience and a willingness to work hard. But persevering is more than working hard鈥攊t鈥檚 continuing to work hard even after failing.

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How is聽persevere used in real life?

Persevere is almost always used positively. Persevering is often associated with patience and courage.

 

 

 

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Which of the following terms is NOT a synonym of persevere?

A. persist
B. quit
C. press on
D. endure

How to use persevere in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for persevere

persevere
/ (藢p蓽藧s瑟藞v瑟蓹) /

verb
(intr often foll by in) to show perseverance

Derived forms of persevere

persevering, adjectiveperseveringly, adverb

Word Origin for persevere

C14: from Old French perseverer, from Latin persev膿r膩re, from perseverus very strict; see severe
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