Definitions for: Persevere


[v] be persistent, refuse to stop; "he persisted to call me every night"; "The child persisted and kept asking questions"



Webster (1913) Definition: Per`se*vere", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Persevered; p.
pr. & vb. n. Persevering.] [F. pers['e]v['e]rer, L.
perseverare, fr. perseverus very strict; per + severus
strict, severe. See Per-, and Severe.]
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.

Thrice happy, if they know Their happiness, and
persevere upright. --Milton.

Syn: To Persevere, Continue, Persist.

Usage: The idea of not laying aside is common to these words.
Continue is the generic term, denoting simply to do as
one has done hitherto. To persevere is to continue in
a given course in spite of discouragements, etc., from
a desire to obtain our end. To persist is to continue
from a determination of will not to give up. Persist
is frequently used in a bad sense, implying obstinacy
in pursuing an unworthy aim.

Synonyms: hang in, hang on, hold on, persist

See Also: ask for it, ask for trouble, bear on, carry on, continue, follow, obstinate, plug, plug away, preserve, stick to, stick with, uphold

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