- To persevere is to stick with something, even if it becomes difficult.
An example of persevere is when you have a hard time learning to play the piano but you just keep trying.
Origin: Middle English perseveren from Old French perseverer from Classical Latin perseverare from perseverus, very severe, strict from per-, intensive plush severus, severe
- perseveringly adverb
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intransitive verb per·se·vered, per·se·ver·ing, per·se·veres
Origin: Middle English perseveren, from Old French perseverer, from Latin persevērāre, from persevērus, very serious : per-, per- + sevērus, severe; see segh- in Indo-European roots.
- perˌse·verˈing·ly adverb