What is the meaning of endure?


  • Put up with something or somebody unpleasant.
    • usage: "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"
  • Face and withstand with courage.
    • usage: "She braved the elements"
  • Continue to live through hardship or adversity.
    • usage: "We went without water and food for 3 days"; "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents"; "how long can a person last without food and water"
  • Undergo or be subjected to.
    • usage: "He suffered the penalty"; "Many saints suffered martyrdom"
  • Last and be usable.
    • usage: "This dress wore well for almost ten years"
  • Persist for a specified period of time.
    • usage: "The bad weather lasted for three days"
  • Continue to exist.
    • usage: "These stories die hard"; "The legend of Elvis endures"
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