American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To persist in or remain constant to a purpose, idea, or task in the face of obstacles or discouragement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To persist in anything one has undertaken; pursue steadily and design or course commenced; avoid giving over or abandoning what is undertaken; be constant, steadfast, or unflinching.
- Synonyms To keep on, hold on, stick to (one's work). See assiduity.
- To continue; cause to abide or remain steadfast or unchanged.
- v. To persist steadfastly in pursuit of an undertaking, task, journey or mission in spite of distraction, difficulty, obstacles or discouragement.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To persist in any business or enterprise undertaken; to pursue steadily any project or course begun; to maintain a purpose in spite of counter influences, opposition, or discouragement; not to give or abandon what is undertaken.
- v. be persistent, refuse to stop
- From French persévérer, from Latin perseverare ("to continue steadfastly, persist, persevere"), from perseverus ("very strict or earnest"), from per ("through") + severus ("strict, earnest"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English perseveren, from Old French perseverer, from Latin persevērāre, from persevērus, very serious : per-, per- + sevērus, severe. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The American Dream, which has driven our country to such economic heights by providing the impetus for people to work hard, sacrifice, and persevere, is under direct attack.”
“The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.”
“The pious shall take fresh courage to persevere from the example of suffering Job.”
“As women of color, we've always had to rely on our talent and less on our personality or looks to persevere, which is the main lesson learned.”
“The only reason for Senator Clinton to persevere is to continue to entertain us with nuggets like the Bosnian Sniper story.”
“It does not support the proposition that the soul actually does persevere, which is what the dogma declares and the faithful believe.”
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“And in 1968, Johnson promised that the United States would "persevere" in Vietnam.”
“Hunter's brothers and wife felt confident he will "persevere" because of his dedication to his country and his extraordinary training and experience.”
“It should be known that there are two disciples of this name, who are types of all Christians; Jude the brother of James, of such as persevere in the confession of the faith;”
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