persevere [pur-suh-veer] (previously 04-02-13)
verb (used without object), persevered, persevering.
1. to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.
2. to persist in speech, interrogation, argument, etc.; insist.
verb (used with object), persevered, persevering.
3. to bolster, sustain, or uphold: unflagging faith that had persevered him.
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1. See continue.
Origin: 1325-75; Middle English perseveren < Middle French perseverer < Latin persevērāre to persist, derivative of persevērus very strict. See per-, severe
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