Definition of persevere in US English:



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

    ‘his family persevered with his treatment’
    • ‘He was shivering, and began to have difficulty breathing, but he persevered.’
    • ‘He is steady, persevering, deliberate, unflappable and safe.’
    • ‘But there is no alternative to persevering and going forward.’
    • ‘Like the sharecropper, she persevered in her work against all odds of success.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The saddest part is that despite all of the hassles and law suits, they continue to persevere.’
    • ‘Yet your mother persevered - she is still persevering.’
    • ‘It's cost them their marriage, but Jennifer perseveres.’
    • ‘I just don't think I would be as persevering, I don't think I would be as patient.’
    • ‘Still, we persevered and in spite of the traffic it was soon actually rather pleasant.’
    • ‘Maybe he thinks persevering or even muddling through is the right thing in this situation.’
    • ‘Love endures all things, persevering and remaining loyal to the end.’
    • ‘Every team suffers a key loss - the teams that persevere in spite of injuries play in January.’
    • ‘The missionaries persevered and were defended by brave settlers and skilled French soldiers.’
    • ‘He has survived by persevering despite the odds.’
    • ‘A dramatic panorama is our reward for persevering in the tropical heat.’
    • ‘The ensuing years have been full of difficulties both large and small, but she has persevered.’
    • ‘Even though she had yet to be successful in almost all her attempts over the course of time, she persevered.’
    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
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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’.