Definition of persevere in English:

persevere

Line breaks: per|se¦vere
Pronunciation: /pəːsɪˈvɪə
 
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verb

[no object]
Continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no indication of success: his family persevered with his treatment (as adjective persevering) she has been a remarkably steadfast, persevering, and dutiful woman
More example sentences
  • We persevered through all the difficulties but got there in the end.
  • The saddest part is that despite all of the hassles and law suits, they continue to persevere.
  • Still, we persevered and in spite of the traffic it was soon actually rather pleasant.
Synonyms
persist, continue, carry on, go on, keep on, keep going, not give up, struggle on, hammer away, be persistent, be determined, see/follow something through, keep at it, show determination, press on/ahead, stay with something, not take no for an answer, be tenacious, be pertinacious, be patient, stand one's ground, stand fast/firm, hold on, hold out, go the distance, stay the course, plod on, plough on, grind away, stop at nothing, leave no stone unturned
informal soldier on, hang on, plug away, peg away, stick to one's guns, stick at it, stick it out, hang in there, bash on

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French perseverer, from Latin perseverare 'abide by strictly', from perseverus 'very strict', from per- 'thoroughly' + severus 'severe'.

Derivatives

perseveringly

adverb
More example sentences
  • Readers will thank Alexander for so perseveringly collecting their letters, diaries and memories.
  • Moving to the cast, the film was inarguably his best film where he perseveringly proved his acting abilities minus his seducing styles.
  • They could help to shape the future of our children in a positive direction and help them to pursue and achieve their goals perseveringly.

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