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persevering

[ pur-suh-veer-ing ]
/ ˌpɜr səˈvɪər ɪŋ /
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adjective

displaying perseverance; resolutely persistent; steadfast: a persevering student.

RELATED WORDS

dogged, assiduous, indefatigable, indomitable, pertinacious, steadfast, stubborn, tenacious, untiring, unremitting

Nearby words

perseverance, perseverant, perseverate, perseveration, persevere, persevering, pershing, pershing ii, pershing, john, pershing, john joseph, persia

Origin of persevering

First recorded in 1640–50; persevere + -ing2
Related formsper·se·ver·ing·ly, adverbnon·per·se·ver·ing, adjective

Definition for persevering (2 of 2)

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.

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

1. See continue.
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British Dictionary definitions for persevering

persevere

/ (ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪə) /

verb

(intr often foll by in) to show perseverance
Derived Formspersevering, adjectiveperseveringly, adverb

Word Origin for persevere

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