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[en-doo r, -dyoo r] /ɛnˈdʊər, -ˈdyʊər/
verb (used with object), endured, enduring.
to hold out against; sustain without impairment or yielding; undergo:
to endure great financial pressures with equanimity.
to bear without resistance or with patience; tolerate:
I cannot endure your insults any longer.
to admit of; allow; bear:
His poetry is such that it will not endure a superficial reading.
verb (used without object), endured, enduring.
to continue to exist; last:
These words will endure as long as people live who love freedom.
to support adverse force or influence of any kind; suffer without yielding; suffer patiently:
Even in the darkest ages humanity has endured.
to have or gain continued or lasting acknowledgment or recognition, as of worth, merit or greatness:
His plays have endured for more than three centuries.
Origin of endure
1275-1325; Middle English enduren < Anglo-French, Old French endurer < Latin indūrāre to harden, make lasting, equivalent to in- in-2 + dūrāre to last, be or become hard, derivative of dūrus hard
Related forms
endurer, noun
unendured, adjective
2. stand, support, suffer, brook. See bear1 . 4. abide. See continue.
4. fail, die. Unabridged
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  • "Take it away, I'm not hungry," I said, after finding the position too painful to endure.

    Bolanyo Opie Percival Read
  • It is the strongest assurance that the recovery will endure.

  • So he adopted this position and stoically set out to endure the hurt.

    Burned Bridges Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Indeed, my dear, as you say of Solmes, I cannot endure them!

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • For we endure the tender pain of pardon,— One with another we forbear.

    Poems Alice Meynell
British Dictionary definitions for endure


to undergo (hardship, strain, privation, etc) without yielding; bear
(transitive) to permit or tolerate
(intransitive) to last or continue to exist
Derived Forms
endurable, adjective
endurability, endurableness, noun
endurably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French endurer, from Latin indūrāre to harden, from dūrus hard
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Word Origin and History for endure

early 14c., "to undergo or suffer" (especially without breaking); late 14c. "to continue in existence," from Old French endurer (12c.) "make hard, harden; bear, tolerate; keep up, maintain," from Latin indurare "make hard," in Late Latin "harden (the heart) against," from in- (see in- (2)) + durare "to harden," from durus "hard," from PIE *deru- "be firm, solid."

Replaced the important Old English verb dreogan (past tense dreag, past participle drogen), which survives in dialectal dree. Related: Endured; endures.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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