[ pur-suh-veer ]
See synonyms for: persevereperseveredperseverespersevering on

verb (used without object),per·se·vered, per·se·ver·ing.
  1. to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.

  2. to persist in speech, interrogation, argument, etc.; insist.

verb (used with object),per·se·vered, per·se·ver·ing.
  1. to bolster, sustain, or uphold: unflagging faith that had persevered him.

Origin of persevere

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English perseveren, from Middle French perseverer, from Latin persevērāre “to persist,” derivative of persevērus “very strict”; see per-, severe

synonym study For persevere

1. See continue. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use persevere in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for persevere


/ (ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪə) /

  1. (intr often foll by in) to show perseverance

Origin of persevere

C14: from Old French perseverer, from Latin persevērāre, from perseverus very strict; see severe

Derived forms of persevere

  • persevering, adjective
  • perseveringly, adverb

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