verb (used without object), persevered, persevering.
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), persevered, persevering.
to bolster, sustain, or uphold: unflagging faith that had persevered him.

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

1. See continue. Unabridged
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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]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
Those who persevere will be richly rewarded as the plot and characters are
  slowly refined.
Somehow the Rangers, who have eight regulars sidelined with injuries, persevere.
The two decide to teach each other the appropriate sound to make, and persevere
  even when the other animals jeer at them.
He's going to step up and persevere.
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