Definition of endure in English:



  • 1[with object] Suffer (something painful or difficult) patiently.

    ‘it seemed impossible that anyone could endure such pain’
    • ‘She endured a long and painful illness with courage and dignity that amazed everyone who knew her.’
    • ‘She and fellow patients endured the cold, as snow lay on the ground last week.’
    • ‘But it seems clear to me that he does find some personal meaning in the suffering, the pain and suffering he endures as a cyclist.’
    • ‘We regret that you had to endure such a painful loss, and we offer our deepest condolences.’
    • ‘The man before me would soon endure the most indescribable suffering - for my sake!’
    • ‘I now understand the pain and suffering a terminal illness can cause, suffering not just endured by the patient but by their loved ones.’
    • ‘We despised and rejected him and he endured suffering and pain on our account.’
    • ‘But she proves with her TV show that there is no humiliation she will not endure to remain in the public eye.’
    • ‘Somewhere at the back of his mind her death remains as a painful memory to be endured.’
    • ‘It was difficult to gauge who had endured the more difficult week.’
    • ‘They have endured the most excruciating pain any parent can endure and turned in into a lesson in living.’
    • ‘Many patients spend years enduring painful reconstructive surgery.’
    • ‘They now endure the lowest living standards on earth.’
    • ‘Mr Foulkes told how he endured painful experiments in 1983, which have left him with long-term health problems.’
    • ‘He endured all of this pain without a sound.’
    • ‘It's difficult to remember that the two communities are enduring one of the worst natural catastrophes ever to hit the province.’
    • ‘He is the team's strongest player and perhaps the one who can endure the most pain.’
    • ‘Other emergency services have endured an equally painful and challenging year.’
    • ‘She endures the daily physical pain of her dental problems.’
    • ‘He worked for 37 years at York Carriageworks and died of an illness related to asbestos, after enduring a long and painful collapse.’
    undergo, go through, live through, experience, meet, encounter
    tolerate, bear, put up with, go along with, suffer, submit to, countenance, accept, give one's blessing to, brook, support, take
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  • 2[no object] Remain in existence; last.

    ‘these cities have endured through time’
    • ‘The city would endure for three months at least.’
    • ‘It has worked so far for the Murdochs, but whether the concept will endure, however, remains to be seen.’
    • ‘Above all, the stones remain and endure and, as he rightly reminds us, they too have a story to tell.’
    • ‘Yet none of those relationships have endured; perhaps because he has become rather used to living life on his own.’
    • ‘The music endures and comforts, just as music endured and comforted in Ireland and Galicia during their years of misery.’
    • ‘Various festivals have come and gone in that time but this one not just endures but continues to grow in popularity.’
    • ‘In my view, the truth lies in the middle: the principle of consent not only endures, but remains the cornerstone of the international system.’
    • ‘The vibrant, benign energy in nature, represented by the white butterfly, promises that life endures and continues in some other form.’
    • ‘An image that will no doubt endure and remain very fond in the hearts of many people who come up here.’
    • ‘His work has endured and continues to be relevant 250 years on.’
    • ‘Today just two huts and a brick building remain of the original hospital but the Canadian connection endures through the Canada wing.’
    • ‘And he wasn't the only one who doubted the relationship would endure.’
    • ‘That, for me, was the start of a relationship which has endured and strengthened ever since.’
    • ‘It was first produced in Dublin in 1904 but it still endures as one of the last remaining classics in Irish theatre.’
    • ‘To remain competitive and to endure, museums are forced to continuously focus on the bottom line.’
    • ‘Your strength in personal affairs is your ability to build a well-knit, solid relationship that endures and continues to thrive year after year.’
    • ‘The bombing campaign remains a controversial issue which seems likely to endure far into the future.’
    • ‘They married two years later, and their relationship endured, with occasional hiccups, for nearly six decades.’
    lasting, long-lasting, durable, continuing, remaining, persisting, prevailing, abiding, eternal, perennial, permanent, unending, everlasting
    constant, stable, steady, steadfast, fixed, firm, unwavering, unfaltering, unchanging, changeless, long-standing, long-established, long-running, long-term
    perdurable, sempiternal
    last, live, live on, go on, hold on, abide, continue, persist, remain, stay, survive
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Middle English: from Old French endurer, from Latin indurare harden, from in- in + durus hard.