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endure

Line breaks: en¦dure
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdjʊə
 
, ɛn-, -ˈdʒ-, -ɔː/

Definition of endure in English:

verb

1 [with object] Suffer (something painful or difficult) patiently: it seemed impossible that anyone could endure such pain
More example sentences
  • I now understand the pain and suffering a terminal illness can cause, suffering not just endured by the patient but by their loved ones.
  • Mr Sanderson worked for 37 years at York Carriageworks and died of an illness related to asbestos, after enduring a long and painful collapse.
  • It was difficult to gauge who had endured the more difficult week.
Synonyms
cope with, deal with, face, face up to, handle, suffer, tolerate, put up with, brave, bear, withstand, sustain, weather;
become reconciled to, reconcile oneself to, become resigned to, get used to, become accustomed to, learn to live with, make the best of;
Scottish thole
informal stick, hack, stand for, stomach, swallow, abide, hold with, be doing with
British informal wear
2 [no object] Remain in existence; last: these cities have endured through time
More example sentences
  • Your strength in personal affairs is your ability to build a well-knit, solid relationship that endures and continues to thrive year after year.
  • It has worked so far for the Murdochs, but whether the concept will endure, however, remains to be seen.
  • Above all, the stones remain and endure and, as he rightly reminds us, they too have a story to tell.
Synonyms
last, live, live on, go on, hold on, abide, continue, persist, remain, stay, survive
literary bide, tarry
lasting, long-lasting, durable, continuing, remaining, persisting, prevailing, abiding, eternal, perennial, permanent, unending, everlasting;
constant, stable, steady, steadfast, fixed, firm, unwavering, unfaltering, unchanging, changeless, long-standing, long-established, long-running, long-term

Origin

Middle English: from Old French endurer, from Latin indurare 'harden', from in- 'in' + durus 'hard'.

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