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used in David Copperfield

5 uses
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to keep working at something — especially despite difficulties
  • I propped my eyelids open with my two forefingers, and looked perseveringly at her as she sat at work; at the little bit of wax-candle she kept for her thread — how old it looked, being so wrinkled in all directions!
    Chapters 1-3 (36% in)
  • 'I think I am earnest and persevering?'
    Chapters 37-39 (69% in)
  • Still, looking forward through this intermediate stage, to the time when there should be a perfect sympathy between Dora and me, and when I should have 'formed her mind' to my entire satisfaction, I persevered, even for months.
    Chapters 46-48 (84% in)
  • I wanted to see how you would come out of the trial, Trot; and you came out nobly — persevering, self-reliant, self-denying!
    Chapters 52-54 (84% in)
  • But for his having been so patient and persevering for so long a time, we never could have hoped to do anything worth speaking of.
    Chapters 52-54 (89% in)

There are no more uses of "persevere" in David Copperfield.

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