What does endure mean?

Definitions for endure
ɛnˈdʊər, -ˈdyʊəren·dure

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put upverb

    put up with something or somebody unpleasant

    "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"

  2. weather, endure, brave, brave outverb

    face and withstand with courage

    "She braved the elements"

  3. survive, last, live, live on, go, endure, hold up, hold outverb

    continue to live through hardship or adversity

    "We went without water and food for 3 days"; "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents"; "how long can a person last without food and water?"

  4. suffer, endureverb

    undergo or be subjected to

    "He suffered the penalty"; "Many saints suffered martyrdom"

  5. wear, hold out, endureverb

    last and be usable

    "This dress wore well for almost ten years"

  6. last, endureverb

    persist for a specified period of time

    "The bad weather lasted for three days"

  7. prevail, persist, die hard, run, endureverb

    continue to exist

    "These stories die hard"; "The legend of Elvis endures"


  1. endureverb

    To continue or carry on, despite obstacles or hardships.

    Keith Richards' popularity endured for decades.

  2. endureverb

    To tolerate or put up with something unpleasant.

  3. endureverb

    To last.

    Our love will endure forever.

  4. endureverb

    To suffer patiently.

    He endured years of pain.

  5. endureverb

    To indurate.

  6. Etymology: from endurer, from induro.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ENDUREverb

    To bear; to undergo; to sustain; to support.

    Etymology: endurer, French; durare, Latin.

    By thine own tongue thou art condemn’d, and must
    Endure our law. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    The hardness of bodies is caused chiefly by the jejuneness of the spirits, and their imparity with the tangible parts, which make them not only hard, but fragile, and less enduring of pressure. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 844.

    So dear I love him, that with him all deaths
    I could endure; without him, live no life. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    The gout haunts usually the easy and the rich, the nice and the lazy, who grow to endure much, because they can endure little. William Temple.

    I wish to die, yet dare not death endure. John Dryden, Aurengz.

    Both were of shining steel, and wrought so pure,
    As might the strokes of two such arms endure. Dryden.

  2. To Endureverb

    Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life. John vi. 27.

    Doth the crown endure to every generation? Prov. xxvii.

    By being able to repeat measures of time, or ideas of stated length of duration in our minds, we can imagine duration, where nothing does really endure or exist. John Locke.

    A charm, that shall to age endure
    The mind benevolent and pure. Anon.

    For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? Or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred? Esth. viii. 6.

    Our great English lords could not endure that any kings should reign in Ireland but themselves; nay, they could hardly endure that the crown of England should have any power over them. John Davies, on Ireland.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Endureverb

    to continue in the same state without perishing; to last; to remain

  2. Endureverb

    to remain firm, as under trial or suffering; to suffer patiently or without yielding; to bear up under adversity; to hold out

  3. Endureverb

    to remain firm under; to sustain; to undergo; to support without breaking or yielding; as, metals endure a certain degree of heat without melting; to endure wind and weather

  4. Endureverb

    to bear with patience; to suffer without opposition or without sinking under the pressure or affliction; to bear up under; to put up with; to tolerate

  5. Endureverb

    to harden; to toughen; to make hardy

  6. Etymology: [F. endurer; pref. en- (L. in) + durer to last. See Dure, v. i., and cf. Indurate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Endure

    en-dūr′, v.t. to remain firm under: to bear without sinking: to tolerate.—v.i. to remain firm: to last.—adj. Endur′able, that can be endured or borne.—n. Endur′ableness.—adv. Endur′ably.—ns. Endur′ance, state of enduring or bearing: continuance: a suffering patiently without sinking: patience; Endur′er.—adv. Endur′ingly. [O. Fr. endurer—L. indurārein, in, durus, hard.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'endure' in Verbs Frequency: #1051

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of endure in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of endure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of endure in a Sentence

  1. President Dwight D. Eisenhower:

    There is a limit to what the United States in self-respect can endure, that limit has now been reached.

  2. William Faulkner:

    I believe that man will not merely endure he will prevail.

  3. Gilbert Highet:

    What is politics but persuading the public to vote for this and support that and endure these for the promise of those

  4. Academy Award winner Ron Howard:

    I was very inspired by their level of commitment, of course, I also was insisting upon it as the director. It's really the story that was making the demands and it was also the fact that they were playing real people who had existed, who had endured, or struggled to endure and they wanted to honor the memory of these men.

  5. Barack Obama:

    Communities like (Charleston) have had to endure tragedies like this too many times.

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  • استمرArabic
  • продължавам, издържам, понасям, траяBulgarian
  • vytrvat, snášetCzech
  • dulden, von Bestand sein, aushalten, ertragenGerman
  • υπομένω, ανέχομαι, εγκαρτερώ, υπομείνει, αντέχω, τραβάωGreek
  • condescender, aguantar, consentir, perdurar, durar, tolerarSpanish
  • تحمل کردنPersian
  • endurerFrench
  • iompairIrish
  • seasScottish Gaelic
  • सहनाHindi
  • kitart, kibír, elviselHungarian
  • menderitaIndonesian
  • durarIdo
  • tollerare, resistere, perdurare, restare, sopportare, durareItalian
  • 耐えるJapanese
  • habeoLatin
  • verdragen, voortdurenDutch
  • utholdeNorwegian
  • durar, aguentar, suportar, sofrerPortuguese
  • trainic, trainică, trainici, răbda, înduraRomanian
  • вынести, выносить, выдерживать, выдержать, терпеть, вытерпетьRussian
  • durojAlbanian
  • சகித்துக்Tamil
  • ఓర్చు, నిలుచు, భరించు, నిలబడుTelugu
  • อดทนThai
  • katlanmakTurkish
  • برداشت کرنا, قائم رہنا, جھيلنا, بھگتناUrdu
  • 忍受Chinese

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