Definition of endurance in English:



  • 1The fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.

    ‘she was close to the limit of her endurance’
    • ‘This cross-border event is a rigorous and testing challenge of endurance and skill.’
    • ‘We've seen ordinary men testing their endurance under the rigours of SAS training.’
    • ‘Each step down the metal staircase, each turn at each landing, was an agonizing test of endurance.’
    • ‘It'll take a while but any difficulty will be in testing our endurance.’
    • ‘The rally will be a real test of endurance, stamina and navigational skills.’
    • ‘A Swindon doctor and marathon runner looks set to finish the ultimate endurance test in the Sahara Desert.’
    • ‘Test your endurance and skill as you power round tracks for up to 24 hours.’
    • ‘The pair have been in training for the marathon endurance test since October.’
    • ‘Such activities are tests of endurance, to see how much pain and misery you can withstand.’
    • ‘It is the ultimate test of skill and endurance of both the rider and his steed.’
    • ‘A football match is not a sprint and is, more often than not, a test of endurance.’
    • ‘The marathon race is the big test of endurance in the Olympics.’
    • ‘The six of us that are left are looking around at the empty beds and realizing that this is becoming a test of endurance.’
    • ‘The first one went in to test his endurance and he did and came out better than his expectations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like a stage of a bike race, it is a test of endurance and, ultimately, speed.’
    • ‘Soon new records will be set and new tests of endurance undergone.’
    • ‘Pulling out a stopwatch and trying your skills is fun but will also test your endurance and physical fitness.’
    • ‘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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    1. 1.1 The capacity of something to last or to withstand wear and tear.
      • ‘The commonly traveled path to improved cardiovascular function and increased muscular endurance is continuous, submaximal, steady state training.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 practice of consuming carbohydrate sports drinks is now deeply embedded in the culture of endurance sports.’
    • ‘Beth now competes in endurance competition rides of up to 44 kilometres.’
    • ‘He also has been successful in international endurance riding competitions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You lose a large amount of fluid from the body as sweat during endurance events.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The night's lengthy endurance challenge involved seven teams racing against the clock.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mike is looking to coach other endurance athletes and encourage those who fancy following in his ironman wake.’


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