Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To persist in or remain constant to a purpose, idea, or task in the face of obstacles or discouragement.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To persist steadfastly in pursuit of an undertaking, task, journey or mission in spite of distraction, difficulty, obstacles or discouragement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb be persistent, refuse to stop

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English perseveren, from Old French perseverer, from Latin persevērāre, from persevērus, very serious : per-, per- + sevērus, severe; see segh- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French persévérer, from Latin perseverare ("to continue steadfastly, persist, persevere"), from perseverus ("very strict or earnest"), from per ("through") + severus ("strict, earnest").

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