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
The end-of-summer concert schedule may slow to a trickle, but the floating chamber-music series perseveres.
Perseveres in the face of obstacles, such as lack of resources or resistance to an idea.
Perseveres in the face of obstacles such as lack of resources or resistance to an idea.
Yet it perseveres because to stop would mean surrender.
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