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

     

    endure

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdjʊə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʊr//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they endure
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdjʊə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʊr//
     
    he / she / it endures
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdjʊəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʊrz//
     
    past simple endured
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdjʊəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʊrd//
     
    past participle endured
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdjʊəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʊrd//
     
    -ing form enduring
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdjʊərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʊrɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] to experience and deal with something that is painful or unpleasant, especially without complaining synonym bear endure something They had to endure a long wait before the case came to trial. She could not endure the thought of parting. The pain was almost too great to endure. (formal) a love that endures all things and never fails He had to endure the racist taunts of the crowd. endure doing something He can't endure being defeated. endure to do something He can't endure to be defeated.
  2. 2[intransitive] to continue to exist for a long time synonym last1 a success that will endure The torn flag has endured as a symbol of freedom.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French endurer, from Latin indurare ‘harden’, from in- ‘in’ + durus ‘hard’.
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