per severe

persevere

[pur-suh-veer]
verb (used without object), persevered, persevering.
1.
to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.
2.
to persist in speech, interrogation, argument, etc.; insist.
verb (used with object), persevered, persevering.
3.
to bolster, sustain, or uphold: unflagging faith that had persevered him.

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


1. See continue.
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persevere (ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪə)
 
vb (often foll by in)
to show perseverance
 
[C14: from Old French perseverer, from Latin persevērāre, from perseverus very strict; see severe]
 
perse'vering
 
adj
 
perse'veringly
 
adv

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persevere
mid-14c., from O.Fr. perseverer, from L. perseverare "continue steadfastly, persist," from persevereus "very strict, earnest," from per- "very" + severus "strict" (see severity).
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