Definition of persevere verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

persevere

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɜːrsəˈvɪr//
 
[intransitive](approving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they persevere
BrE BrE//ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɜːrsəˈvɪr//
 
he / she / it perseveres
BrE BrE//ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɜːrsəˈvɪrz//
 
past simple persevered
BrE BrE//ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɜːrsəˈvɪrd//
 
past participle persevered
BrE BrE//ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɜːrsəˈvɪrd//
 
-ing form persevering
BrE BrE//ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɜːrsəˈvɪrɪŋ//
 
 
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to continue trying to do or achieve something despite difficulties persevere (in something/in doing something) Despite a number of setbacks, they persevered in their attempts to fly around the world in a balloon. persevere (with something/somebody) She persevered with her violin lessons. You have to persevere with difficult students. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French perseverer, from Latin perseverare ‘abide by strictly’, from perseverus ‘very strict’, from per- ‘thoroughly’ + severus ‘severe’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: persevere