Meaning of endure

en•dure

Pronunciation: (en-door', -dyoor'), [key]
— v., -dured, -dur•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to hold out against; sustain without impairment or yielding; undergo: to endure great financial pressures with equanimity.
  2. to bear without resistance or with patience; tolerate: I cannot endure your insults any longer.
  3. to admit of; allow; bear: His poetry is such that it will not endure a superficial reading.
—v.i.
  1. to continue to exist; last: These words will endure as long as people live who love freedom.
  2. to support adverse force or influence of any kind; suffer without yielding; suffer patiently: Even in the darkest ages humanity has endured.
  3. to have or gain continued or lasting acknowledgment or recognition, as of worth, merit or greatness: His plays have endured for more than three centuries.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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