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

 

endurance

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ɪnˈdjʊərəns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʊrəns//
 
[uncountable]
 
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the ability to continue doing something painful or difficult for a long period of time without complaining He showed remarkable endurance throughout his illness. They were humiliated beyond endurance. This event tests both physical and mental endurance. powers of endurance The party turned out to be more of an endurance test than a pleasure. Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘continued existence, ability to last’; formerly also as indurance): from Old French, from endurer ‘make hard’, from Latin indurare ‘harden’, from in- ‘in’ + durus ‘hard’.Extra examples Heavy manual work calls for strength and endurance. Running a marathon is seen by many as the ultimate test of endurance. She showed great endurance in the face of pain. She was almost at the limits of her endurance. Swimming a little farther each session will build endurance. The astronauts will undergo a series of trials to test their physical and mental endurance in space. The task was a test of their powers of endurance. They are capable of amazing feats of endurance. This behaviour is beyond endurance. They were humiliated beyond endurance.
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