Definition of perseverance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪərəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɜːrsəˈvɪrəns//
[uncountable] (approving)
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the quality of continuing to try to achieve a particular aim despite difficulties They showed great perseverance in the face of difficulty. The only way to improve is through hard work and dogged perseverance. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin perseverantia, from perseverant- ‘abiding by strictly’, from the verb perseverare, from perseverus ‘very strict’, from per- ‘thoroughly’ + severus ‘severe’.Extra examples Does she have the perseverance to finish the work? He showed great perseverance by staying in the job. Her perseverance was ultimately rewarded. His perseverance with the new technique paid off. It may take some perseverance to find the right people. his courage and perseverance in the face of serious illness
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