endure Definition

  • 1to suffer something difficult, unpleasant, or painful in a patient way for a long time
  • 2to continue to exist for a long time
  • 3to remain strong and determined during difficult times

Using endure: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "endure" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She had to endure a lot of pain after the surgery.

  • Example

    The building has endured for over a century.

  • Example

    He endured years of poverty before becoming successful.

  • Example

    The team endured a tough season but still managed to win the championship.

endure Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for endure

Idioms Using endure

  • stand/endure the heat

    to be able to handle pressure or criticism


    If you want to succeed in this job, you have to be able to stand the heat.

  • grin and bear it/endure it

    to accept a difficult or unpleasant situation without complaining


    I don't like my job, but I just have to grin and bear it until I find something better.

  • last/stand/endure the distance

    to be able to continue doing something for a long time, especially when it is difficult


    Running a marathon is not easy, but if you can last the distance, you will feel a great sense of accomplishment.

Phrases with endure

  • to experience and withstand difficult or unpleasant conditions


    The refugees had to endure hardship during their journey.

  • to last for a long time and remain popular or successful


    The classic novel has endured the test of time and is still widely read today.

  • endure someone's company

    to tolerate being with someone who is annoying or unpleasant


    I can't endure his company for more than five minutes.

Origins of endure

from Old French 'endurer', from Latin 'indurare', meaning 'to harden'


Summary: endure in Brief

To 'endure' [ɪnˈdjʊə(r)] means to suffer through something difficult or unpleasant for a long time, to continue to exist for a long time, or to remain strong and determined during difficult times. Examples include enduring pain after surgery, buildings enduring for centuries, and teams enduring tough seasons. Phrases like 'endure hardship' and 'endure someone's company' add context, while idioms like 'grin and bear it' and 'last the distance' provide additional meaning.

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