Word: Endure.

Oxford English Dictionary:

Origin: Middle English: from Old French endurer, from Latin indurare 'harden', from in- 'in' + durus 'hard'.


  1. [with object] Suffer (something painful or difficult) patiently.
    • ‘it seemed impossible that anyone could endure such pain’
    • ‘I now understand the pain and suffering a terminal illness can cause, suffering not just endured by the patient but by their loved ones.’
    • ‘Mr Sanderson worked for 37 years at York Carriageworks and died of an illness related to asbestos, after enduring a long and painful collapse.’
    • ‘It was difficult to gauge who had endured the more difficult week.’
    • undergo, go through, live through, experience, meet, encounter; cope with, deal with, face, suffer, tolerate, put up with, brave, bear, withstand, sustain, weather; British thole
    • tolerate, bear, put up with, suffer, take, abide
    • informal hack, stand for, stomach, swallow, hold with
    • formal brook
  2. [no object] Remain in existence; last.
    • ‘these cities have endured through time’
    • ‘Your strength in personal affairs is your ability to build a well-knit, solid relationship that endures and continues to thrive year after year.’
    • ‘It has worked so far for the Murdochs, but whether the concept will endure, however, remains to be seen.’
    • ‘Above all, the stones remain and endure and, as he rightly reminds us, they too have a story to tell.’
    • last, live, live on, go on, survive, abide, continue, persist, persevere, remain, stay
    • lasting, long-lasting, abiding, durable, continuing, persisting, eternal, perennial, permanent, unending, everlasting; constant, stable, steady, steadfast, fixed, firm, unwavering, unfaltering, unchanging
    • literary amaranthine

Wolfram Alpha:


  • Put up with something or somebody unpleasant.
  • Face and withstand with courage.
  • Continue to live through hardship or adversity.
  • Undergo or be subjected to.
  • Last and be usable.
  • Persist for a specified period of time.
  • Continue to exist.

Synonyms: Abide, bear, brook, digest, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate, brave, brave out, weather, go, hold out, hold up, last, live, live on, survive, wear, die hard, persist, prevail, run.

Narrower Terms: Accept, bear up, hold still for, live with, pay, sit out, stand for, swallow, take a joke, take lying down, hold up, hold water, live out, perennate, stand up, die, tolerate, drag on, drag out, endure, hold out, run, run for, wear, carry over, reverberate.

Broader Terms: Allow, countenance, let, permit, defy, hold, hold up, withstand, experience, go through, see, endure, last, measure, continue.

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