See also: enduré


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From Middle English enduren, borrowed from Old French endurer, from Latin indūrō (to make hard). Displaced Old English drēogan, which survives dialectally as dree.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪnˈdjʊə̯(ɹ)/, /ɪnˈdjɔː(ɹ)/, /ɪnˈd͡ʒʊə̯(ɹ)/, /ɪnˈd͡ʒɔː(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪnˈd(j)ʊɹ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʊə(r)


endure (third-person singular simple present endures, present participle enduring, simple past and past participle endured)

  1. (intransitive) To continue or carry on, despite obstacles or hardships; to persist.
    The singer's popularity endured for decades.
  2. (transitive) To tolerate or put up with something unpleasant.
  3. (intransitive) To last.
    Our love will endure forever.
    • Bible, Job viii. 15
      He shall hold it [his house] fast, but it shall not endure.
  4. To remain firm, as under trial or suffering; to suffer patiently or without yielding; to bear up under adversity; to hold out.
    • Bible, Ezekiel xxii. 14
      Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong in the days that I shall deal with thee?
  5. (transitive) To suffer patiently.
    He endured years of pain.
    • 2011 April 11, Phil McNulty, “Liverpool 3 - 0 Man City”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Dirk Kuyt sandwiched a goal in between Carroll's double as City endured a night of total misery, with captain Carlos Tevez limping off early on with a hamstring strain that puts a serious question mark over his participation in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley.
  6. (obsolete) To indurate.


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  1. first-person singular present indicative of endurer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of endurer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of endurer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of endurer
  5. second-person singular imperative of endurer