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[pur-suh-veer] /ˌpɜr səˈvɪər/
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.
Origin of persevere
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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  • 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.
  • Prime yourself to persevere.
  • But they should persevere, not least because they are far likelier to make an impact if they can get the public on their side.
  • These essays provide neither easy answers nor easy reading, but readers who persevere will find their world expanded.
  • They do their research; they network their buns off; they write, write and write some more; and they persevere.
  • Give me courage to resist, patience to endure, constancy to persevere.
  • Owners of all other operating systems must persevere in existential angst.
British Dictionary definitions for persevere


(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

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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