Definition of endurance in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnˈdʒɔːr(ə)ns//ɛnˈdʒɔːr(ə)ns//ɪnˈdjʊər(ə)ns//ɛnˈdjʊər(ə)ns/


mass noun
  • 1The ability to endure an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.

    ‘she was close to the limit of her endurance’
    • ‘His spirit of endurance and his determination carried him through those difficult times.’
    • ‘For most people, running a marathon would be the realisation of a lifetime ambition and the ultimate test of endurance.’
    • ‘Such activities are tests of endurance, to see how much pain and misery you can withstand.’
    • ‘A football match is not a sprint and is, more often than not, a test of endurance.’
    • ‘It'll take a while but any difficulty will be in testing our endurance.’
    • ‘It is the ultimate test of skill and endurance of both the rider and his steed.’
    • ‘Pulling out a stopwatch and trying your skills is fun but will also test your endurance and physical fitness.’
    • ‘The marathon race is the big test of endurance in the Olympics.’
    • ‘Like a stage of a bike race, it is a test of endurance and, ultimately, speed.’
    • ‘This cross-border event is a rigorous and testing challenge of endurance and skill.’
    • ‘The rally will be a real test of endurance, stamina and navigational skills.’
    • ‘Test your endurance and skill as you power round tracks for up to 24 hours.’
    • ‘A Swindon doctor and marathon runner looks set to finish the ultimate endurance test in the Sahara Desert.’
    • ‘The first one went in to test his endurance and he did and came out better than his expectations.’
    • ‘Each step down the metal staircase, each turn at each landing, was an agonizing test of endurance.’
    • ‘The six of us that are left are looking around at the empty beds and realizing that this is becoming a test of endurance.’
    • ‘We've seen ordinary men testing their endurance under the rigours of SAS training.’
    • ‘Soon new records will be set and new tests of endurance undergone.’
    • ‘The pair have been in training for the marathon endurance test since October.’
    • ‘For a man like him, Antarctica represents the ultimate endurance test.’
    toleration, bearing, tolerance, sufferance, fortitude, forbearance, patience, acceptance, resignation, stoicism
    stamina, staying power, fortitude, perseverance, persistence, tenacity, pertinacity, doggedness, indefatigability, tirelessness, resoluteness, resolution, determination
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  • 2The capacity of something to last or to withstand wear and tear.

    • ‘We're still improving a lot but we have a long way to go with the endurance of the tyre.’
    • ‘And to the greatest race of all time, were the endurance of the machine is as important as the skill of the driver.’
    • ‘The commonly traveled path to improved cardiovascular function and increased muscular endurance is continuous, submaximal, steady state training.’
    continuance, continuity, continuation, lasting power, durability, permanence, longevity
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  • Denoting or relating to a race or other sporting event that takes place over a long distance or otherwise demands great physical stamina.

    ‘the annual 24-hour endurance race’
    • ‘The night's lengthy endurance challenge involved seven teams racing against the clock.’
    • ‘He also has been successful in international endurance riding competitions.’
    • ‘The practice of consuming carbohydrate sports drinks is now deeply embedded in the culture of endurance sports.’
    • ‘You lose a large amount of fluid from the body as sweat during endurance events.’
    • ‘Mike is looking to coach other endurance athletes and encourage those who fancy following in his ironman wake.’
    • ‘Should he clinch victory today, he would leapfrog the Belgian as the most successful driver in the world's most famous endurance race with seven wins.’
    • ‘A Swindon man who used to be a couch potato is now preparing to take on eight of the UK's most gruelling endurance races to raise money for charity.’
    • ‘His cold water endurance swims are made possible by his ability to elevate his core body temperature while psyching himself up before he enters the water.’
    • ‘He is being put through a vigorous physical fitness programme which includes stamina, endurance running, and weight training.’
    • ‘Beth now competes in endurance competition rides of up to 44 kilometres.’


Late 15th century (in the sense ‘continued existence, ability to last’; formerly also as indurance): from Old French, from endurer ‘make hard’ (see endure).