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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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  • So it perseveres, and accomplishes its projects, even though the gates of hell oppose.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • Charles perseveres in his demand, and the Protestants in their refusal.

  • Crawford's is no common attachment; he perseveres, with the hope of creating that regard which had not been created before.

    Mansfield Park Jane Austen
  • And so, with his everlasting hope, he perseveres and will not give in.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • The reward, although not sought by the lover, is due him, and will be rendered if he perseveres.

  • There is no one who perseveres in well-doing like a thorough humbug.

  • After a while, if the hawk 108 perseveres, her superior flying powers will take her above the quarry.

British Dictionary definitions for perseveres

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 perseveres

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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