Definition of persevere in English:



  • Continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no indication of success.

    ‘his family persevered with his treatment’
    ‘she has been a remarkably steadfast, persevering, and dutiful woman’
    • ‘We persevered through all the difficulties but got there in the end.’
    • ‘Take it as an indication that you're on the right path and persevere, that's what I'm believing.’
    • ‘He has survived by persevering despite the odds.’
    • ‘Yet your mother persevered - she is still persevering.’
    • ‘It's cost them their marriage, but Jennifer perseveres.’
    • ‘Those who hope to last as long as he has in his role as managing director of a successful Irish company must persevere, he said.’
    • ‘The ensuing years have been full of difficulties both large and small, but she has persevered.’
    • ‘A dramatic panorama is our reward for persevering in the tropical heat.’
    • ‘But there is no alternative to persevering and going forward.’
    • ‘The saddest part is that despite all of the hassles and law suits, they continue to persevere.’
    • ‘He was shivering, and began to have difficulty breathing, but he persevered.’
    • ‘He is steady, persevering, deliberate, unflappable and safe.’
    • ‘Even though she had yet to be successful in almost all her attempts over the course of time, she persevered.’
    • ‘Like the sharecropper, she persevered in her work against all odds of success.’
    • ‘Every team suffers a key loss - the teams that persevere in spite of injuries play in January.’
    • ‘Still, we persevered and in spite of the traffic it was soon actually rather pleasant.’
    • ‘Love endures all things, persevering and remaining loyal to the end.’
    • ‘The missionaries persevered and were defended by brave settlers and skilled French soldiers.’
    • ‘Maybe he thinks persevering or even muddling through is the right thing in this situation.’
    • ‘I just don't think I would be as persevering, I don't think I would be as patient.’
    persist, continue, carry on, go on, keep on, keep going, not give up, struggle on, hammer away, be persistent, be determined, follow something through, see something through, keep at it, show determination, press ahead, press on, stay with something, not take no for an answer, be tenacious, be pertinacious, be patient, stand one's ground, stand fast, stand firm, hold on, hold out, go the distance, stay the course, plod on, plough on, grind away, stop at nothing, leave no stone unturned
    soldier on, hang on, plug away, peg away, stick to one's guns, stick at it, stick it out, hang in there, bash on
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Late Middle English: from Old French perseverer, from Latin perseverare abide by strictly, from perseverus very strict, from per- thoroughly + severus severe.