Definition of persevere verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

persevere

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˌpərsəˈvɪr//
 
[intransitive](approving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they persevere
 
he / she / it perseveres
 
past simple persevered
 
-ing form persevering
 
 
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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.
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