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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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British Dictionary definitions for persevered


(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 persevered



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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