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persevere

[pur-suh-veer] /ˌpɜr səˈvɪər/
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 of persevere
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English perseveren < Middle French perseverer < Latin persevērāre to persist, derivative of persevērus very strict. See per-, severe
Synonyms
1. See continue.
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  • It cost me something, however, to persevere in my resolution.

    Esther Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Overhears her brother and sister encourage Solmes to persevere in his address.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • In this I acquainted them and my brother with what had occurred, and exhorted them to keep up their hearts and persevere.

  • While that hope is encouraged by so many worthy friends, I must persevere.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • John did persevere with his language study, and very slowly got off the required examinations.

    Have We No Rights? Mabel Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for persevere

persevere

/ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by in. to show perseverance
Derived Forms
persevering, adjective
perseveringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French perseverer, from Latin persevērāre, from perseverus very strict; see severe
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Word Origin and History for persevere
v.

mid-14c., from Old French perseverer "continue, persevere, endure" and directly from Latin perseverare "continue steadfastly, persist," from persevereus "very strict, earnest," from per- "very" (see per) + severus "strict" (see severity). Related: Persevered; persevering.

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