Definition of perseverance in English:



  • Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

    ‘his perseverance with the technique illustrates his single-mindedness’
    ‘medicine is a field that requires dedication and perseverance’
    • ‘However, it will be the determination, commitment and perseverance of the people that will make change happen.’
    • ‘People have nothing but praise for her commitment, dedication and perseverance.’
    • ‘For those endowed with qualities such as sincerity, perseverance and competence, success is never a mirage.’
    • ‘Although his craft requires some basic colours and blocks, the work requires enormous patience and perseverance.’
    • ‘As a result, patience, perseverance and interest are required.’
    • ‘If nothing else, Anne's success proves that perseverance does pay off.’
    • ‘It's a disheartening process, but Mike is keen to acknowledge that the key to success is perseverance and determination.’
    • ‘Her incredible tenacity, perseverance and determination to succeed is a commendable example to everyone.’
    • ‘Persistence and perseverance are qualities important for career success.’
    • ‘This will enable you to face life's difficulties with patience, perseverance, and flexibility.’
    • ‘It is going to be a very long process requiring patience and perseverance.’
    • ‘Tireless efforts, hard work, confidence, perseverance and patience helped him to attain success.’
    • ‘Remember, persistence, performance, and perseverance will bring success.’
    • ‘Just remember the three Ps of successful bodybuilding: patience, perseverance and persistence.’
    • ‘I would like to thank the police for their support and perseverance with the investigation.’
    • ‘It took a lot of persistence and perseverance and a lot of great people around me telling me that I could do it and I could get there.’
    • ‘What he does is simply a job requiring diligence, perseverance and a dash of good fortune.’
    • ‘Admittedly this will be a long and painful process, requiring patience, perseverance and a willingness to sacrifice.’
    • ‘We need a lot of perseverance, persistence, patience.’
    • ‘However, those who plan properly, set realistic goals, and exercise patience and perseverance can find success.’
    persistence, tenacity, determination, resolve, resolution, resoluteness, staying power, purposefulness, firmness of purpose
    patience, endurance, application, diligence, sedulousness, dedication, commitment, doggedness, pertinacity, assiduity, assiduousness, steadfastness, tirelessness, indefatigability, stamina
    intransigence, obstinacy
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Middle English: from Old French, from Latin perseverantia, from perseverant- abiding by strictly from the verb perseverare (see persevere).