• WordNet 3.6
    • v endure 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"
    • v endure undergo or be subjected to "He suffered the penalty","Many saints suffered martyrdom"
    • v endure 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?"
    • v endure continue to exist "These stories die hard","The legend of Elvis endures"
    • v endure persist for a specified period of time "The bad weather lasted for three days"
    • v endure last and be usable "This dress wore well for almost ten years"
    • v endure face and withstand with courage "She braved the elements"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A surfer once sued another surfer for "stealing his wave." The case was thrown out because the court was unable to put a price on "pain and suffering" endured by the surfer watching someone else ride "his" wave
    • Endure 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. "I will no longer endure it.""Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sake.""How can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people?"
    • Endure To continue in the same state without perishing; to last; to remain. "Their verdure still endure .""He shall hold it [his house] fast, but it shall not endure ."
    • Endure To harden; to toughen; to make hardy. "Manly limbs endured with little ease."
    • Endure 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. "Both were of shining steel, and wrought so pure,
      As might the strokes of two such arms endure ."
    • Endure To remain firm, as under trial or suffering; to suffer patiently or without yielding; to bear up under adversity; to hold out. "Can thine heart endure , or can thine hands be strong in the days that I shall deal with thee?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Diamond is the hardest naturally occurring substance, and is also one of the most valuable natural substances. Diamonds are crystals formed almost entirely of carbon. Because of its hardness, the diamond is the most enduring of all gemstones. They are among the most costly jewels in the world, partly because they are rare, Only four important diamond fields have been found in Africa, South America, India, and the Soviet Union.
    • endure To make hard; harden; inure.
    • endure To preserve; keep.
    • endure To last or hold out against; sustain without impairment or yielding; support without breaking or giving way.
    • endure To bear with patience; bear up under without sinking or yielding, or without murmuring or opposition; put up with.
    • endure To undergo; suffer; sustain.
    • endure To continue or remain in; abide in.
    • endure Synonyms To brook, submit to, abide, tolerate, take patiently.
    • endure To become hard; harden.
    • endure To hold out; support adverse force or influence of any kind; suffer without yielding.
    • endure To continue; remain; abide.
    • endure To continue to exist; continue or remain in the same state without perishing; last; persist.
    • endure Synonyms To last, remain, continue, abide, bear, suffer, hold out.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Owing to a faulty cornerstone, the church of St. John in Barmouth, Wales, crashed in ruins a minute after it was finished. It was rebuilt, and the new edifice has endured to the present day.
    • v.t Endure en-dūr′ to remain firm under: to bear without sinking: to tolerate
    • v.i Endure to remain firm: to last
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  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.”
  • Mark Twain
    “By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.”
  • Virgil
    “You have endured worse things; God will grant an end even to these.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Some of your grief you have cured, and lived to survive; but what torments of pain have you endured that haven't as yet arrived.”
  • Victor Kiam
    Victor Kiam
    “You can hype a questionable product for a little while, but you'll never build an enduring business.”
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “Man's yesterday may never be like his morrow; Nought may endure but Mutability.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. endurer,; pref. en-,L. in,) + durer, to last. See Dure (v. i.), and cf. Indurate


In literature:

His pale face was blanched with an expression of suffering endured in silence.
"The Downfall" by Emile Zola
There exhales from this oozy mass so fatal a vapour that no animal can endure it.
"After London" by Richard Jefferies
Leave my unwisdom to endure this peril; Fate cannot rob me of a noble death.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
In this swift, "express," American life, we go too fast for our endurance.
"Around The Tea-Table" by T. De Witt Talmage
Her fierce words angered me; for in the light of my real intentions her scorn was uncalled for, and her language was insulting beyond endurance.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
Pepeeta's sensitive nature could ill endure such a strain, and she became nervous.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
Our pretty Marygold could endure it no longer.
"The Children's Hour, Volume 3 (of 10)" by Various
His soul was tortured beyond endurance.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
Life could not be endured were it seen in reality.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
Paul, while not the equal of Henry in the woods, was a strong and enduring youth.
"The Forest Runners" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

'Tis the religious awe of love
Which prompts the sudden flight;
The pang endur'd, the off'ring made,
Again you bless my sight.
"To ------" by Charlotte Dacre
I was yours
For the love in life that loves while life endures,
For the earth-path that the Heaven-flight ensures
I was yours.
"A Parting" by Edith Nesbit
Oh! lovely are ye, Love and Faith,
Enduring to the last!
She had her meed–one smile in death–
And his worn spirit pass'd.
"Gertrude, Or Fidelity Till Death" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
"My sorrows shall with life endure,
For he I lov'd is gone;
But something tells my heart, that sure
My life will not be long."
"An American Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
With these I made a wreath for Nell.
She was so good and pure,
They seemed to suit her brow so well,
Yet could not long endure
"My Sister Nell And I" by Joseph Horatio Chant
"My cov'nant stands for ever fast,
My promises are strong;
Firm as the heav'ns his throne shall last,
His seed endure as long."
"Psalm 89 part 4" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Hampton mother endures infant botulism scare.
It often takes great preparation and lots of endurance.
As the Summer Olympics are underway in London, equal feats of dexterity, precision, endurance and athleticism were on display at Loyola University this week as the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition wrapped up Sunday afternoon.
Halftime heartburn too much to endure.
John Bytheway 's new talk on CD, "Farm Wisdom for City Folks," teaches that some of life's most enduring lessons are learned on a farm.
This is especially true for endurance athletes.
Can he endure another six years to fulfill Carton 's goal of at least a decade-long run.
The headline of this post is one of the greatest and most enduring myths of World War II.
Bart Simpson may be the only kid left in America still enduring this painful torture on a regular basis.
Reggie Bush makes a quick comment about Buffalo women but it's probably not the worst our city has endured.
Sitting on the stairs in Sproul Plaza as a Cal undergrad, Ahmad Anderson said "it didn't take but a moment" to pen the three short sentences that become the enduring Cal chant , "Bear Territory.
A look at Dickens's enduring legacy.
Tiki Barber, attempting to make a football comeback from a year of personal and professional turmoil, endured one of his most contentious times of that period Wednesday in a WFAN interview with Mike Francesa.
Western Utah is enduring its driest year ever.
The seven steps to the "colored" chair were just seven more humiliations to be endured in Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher's long fight toward freedom.

In science:

This arrangement enables the sub-shell‟s fluid to restore to itself, and to maintain an adverse temperature gradient and an enduring degree of convection stability. That arrangement also assures nuclear reactor stability.
Nature of Planetary Matter and Magnetic Field Generation in the Solar System
More directly relevant to our study, Oregon’s housing-bubble-related job growth was far less enduring than Washington’s.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
Supersymmetry has certainly been an enduring theme in high energy physics.
Computational Tools for Supersymmetry Calculations
Also some radio fine structures before the enduring radio emission were observed with the 1.0-2.0 GHz spectrometer of Beijing Astronomical Observatory (BAO) in the same time.
Extended radio emission after the soft X-ray maximum of the NOAA 9077 AR solar flare on July 10, 2000
The first was getting there.” These young men endured a dangerous four to six month long trip along the so-called California Trail (see Fig. 1).
The LEP Trail to Non-Perturbative QCD