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 of endureMiddle English duren ; from Old French endurer ; from Late Latin (Ec) indurare, to harden the heart ; from LL, to harden, hold out, last ; from durus, hard: see durable
- to continue in existence; last; remain
- to bear pain, etc. without flinching; hold out
verben·dured, en·dur·ing, en·dures
- To carry on through, despite hardships; undergo or suffer: endure an Arctic winter.
- To put up with; tolerate: I cannot endure your insolence any longer.
- To continue in existence; last: buildings that have endured for centuries.
- To suffer patiently without yielding.
Origin of endureMiddle English enduren, from Old French endurer, from Latin ind&umacron;rare, to make hard : in-, against, into; see en–1 + d&umacron;rus, hard; see deru- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present endures, present participle enduring, simple past and past participle endured)
- (intransitive) To continue or carry on, despite obstacles or hardships.
- The singer's popularity endured for decades.
- To tolerate or put up with something unpleasant.
- (intransitive) To last.
- Our love will endure forever.
- To remain firm, as under trial or suffering; to suffer patiently or without yielding; to bear up under adversity; to hold out.
- To suffer patiently.
- He endured years of pain.