persevere

[ pur-suh-veer ]
/ ˌpɜr səˈvɪər /

verb (used without object), per·se·vered, per·se·ver·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·se·vered, per·se·ver·ing.

to bolster, sustain, or uphold: unflagging faith that had persevered him.

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Origin of persevere

1325–75; Middle English perseveren < Middle French perseverer < Latin persevērāre to persist, derivative of persevērus very strict. See per-, severe

synonym study for persevere

1. See continue.
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British Dictionary definitions for perseveres

persevere
/ (ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪə) /

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 persevērāre, from perseverus very strict; see severe
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