• WordNet 3.6
    • v persevere be persistent, refuse to stop "he persisted to call me every night","The child persisted and kept asking questions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: This is what the red, white, and blue on the US flag represent: The Continental Congress left no record to show why it chose the colors. However, in 1782, the Congress of the Confederation chose these same colors for the Great Seal of the United States and listed their meaning as follows: white to mean purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. According to legend, George Washington interpreted the elements of the flag this way: the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country. However, there is no official designation or meaning for the colors of the flag.
    • v. i Persevere To persist in any business or enterprise undertaken; to pursue steadily any project or course begun; to maintain a purpose in spite of counter influences, opposition, or discouragement; not to give or abandon what is undertaken. "Thrice happy, if they know
      Their happiness, and persevere upright."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • persevere To persist in anything one has undertaken; pursue steadily and design or course commenced; avoid giving over or abandoning what is undertaken; be constant, steadfast, or unflinching.
    • persevere Synonyms To keep on, hold on, stick to (one's work). See assiduity.
    • persevere To continue; cause to abide or remain steadfast or unchanged.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Persevere pėr-sē-vēr′ to persist in anything: to pursue anything steadily: to be constant: not to give over
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  • John Quincy Adams
    John Quincy Adams
    “Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.”
  • Francis Quarles
    “The road to perseverance lies by doubt.”
  • George Eliot
    “Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.”
  • Pythagoras
    “Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. persévérer, L. perseverare, fr. perseverus, very strict; per + severus, strict, severe. See Per-, and Severe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. perseverāreperseverus, very strict—per, very, severus, strict.


In literature:

In John Leyden an unconquerable perseverance was united to remarkable native genius, and a memory of singular retentiveness.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume II." by Various
Should he persevere in his suit, or should he rejoice that he had escaped from such an ill-conditioned minx?
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
He had enormous energy and great powers of steady, plodding perseverance.
"Personal Recollections of Birmingham and Birmingham Men" by E. Edwards
Perseverance will perhaps conquer them.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
God never withholds Himself from him who pays this price and who perseveres in seeking Him.
"Santa Teresa an Appreciation: with some of the best passages of the Saint's Writings" by Alexander Whyte
The ministry, however, did not persevere in this path of prudent economy.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
I hope he will persevere a little, for of all the Vavasors Mrs. Greenow was perhaps the best worth knowing.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Such patience, perseverance, and skill must count in the long run.
"Stories of Great Inventors" by Hattie E. Macomber
I would encourage thee to persevere in thy valour, if that valour stood on the side of my country.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
By patience and perseverance he became a renowned orator.
"The Bobbin Boy" by William M. Thayer

In poetry:

May the teachers now engaged,
Courage take, and persevere;
They'll not fail of their reward,
Though they may not meet it here.
"For The S.S. Concert" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
I'm heard afar, without a noise;
I cry without a lifted voice:
Still moving in devotion's sphere,
Yet seldom steady persevere.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Conquer fortune - persevere! -
Lo! it breaks, the morning clear!
The cheerful cock awakes the skies,
The day is come - arise! - arise!
"The Wake of William Orr" by William Drennan
Plant in their hearts a love of thought,
An anxious spirit to acquire
Those mighty truths that are only bought
With perseverance and desire.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
Then give me grace and give me pow'r,
That I may thee, while young, adore,
And with true faith and heart sincere,
May in thy doctrines persevere!
"A Prayer For Mr. Samuel Prichard, The Author's Son" by Rees Prichard
Thy love is such I can no way repay.
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let's so persevere
That when we live no more, we may live ever.
"To my Dear and Loving Husband" by Anne Bradstreet

In news:

Coaches urge youngsters to persevere .
Good things come to those who wait — and persevere .
ATHENS — — Navarro showed patience and perseverance Saturday night in a monsoon at Bruce Field, scoring three times in the final 12:47 for a 21-10 stunning defeat of Trinity Valley.
Mark Richt has learned to persevere at Georgia.
Tigers persevere over scary Spartans.
East Texas winemakers persevere in drought.
Mars Mission Director on the Importance of Perseverance .
Mars mission director's message to feds: Persevere .
Perseverance Theatre presents Steinbeck's enduring tragedy, 'Of Mice and Men'.
A Profile of Courage, Compassion, Perseverance and Leadership.
Teaching teenage mothers about Plato and perseverance.
Mars Mission Director on the Importance of Perseverance.
Julia Child's Lessons on Publishing and Perseverance .
Perseverance pays off for Cougars.
Of floods, perseverance and the Pinhook story.

In science:

But the two groups did not differ much in attention, initiation/perseverance, construction and conceptualization subscales.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
It is a tribute to Berndt’s talents and perseverance that he has completed this rather terrifying pro ject.
And free lunch for all...
So the precise study of the top quark will persevere as the Tevatron is continuing to deliver collision data.
Top Quark Physics at the Tevatron
In their epochal experimental researches these individuals have demonstrated originality, perseverance (i.e., stubbornness), and enormous achievement.
Summary Talk: International Symposium on Neutrino Astrophysics, Takayama/Kamioka (10/'92)
Indeed, recognizing that he could not possibly have known about these flaws in his results permits us to admire him all the more for his dedication and perseverance in pursuing these measurements.
An Explanation of Dayton Miller's Anomalous "Ether Drift" Result