- Endure is defined as to put up with or to undergo.
An example of endure is someone continuing to run a marathon after twisting their ankle.
- to hold up under (pain, fatigue, etc.); stand; bear; undergo
- to put up with; tolerate
Origin: Middle English duren ; from Old French endurer ; from Late Latin (Ec) indurare, to harden the heart ; from Late Latin to harden, hold out, last ; from durus, hard: see durable
- to continue in existence; last; remain
- to bear pain, etc. without flinching; hold out
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verb en·dured, en·dur·ing, en·dures verb, transitive
- To carry on through, despite hardships; undergo: endure an Arctic winter.
- To bear with tolerance: “We seek the truth, and will endure the consequences” (Charles Seymour). See Synonyms at bear1.
- To continue in existence; last: buildings that have endured for centuries.
- To suffer patiently without yielding.
Origin: Middle English enduren, from Old French endurer, from Latin indūrāre, to make hard : in-, against, into; see en-1 + dūrus, hard; see deru- in Indo-European roots.