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as in: endured the pain Define
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
  • She could not endure it.
  • How could the easy Guy Pollock understand this skill and endurance?

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  • Thus she mounted to endurance and surcease.
  • It was an endurance of monotonous details, yet she asserted that she had found "real work."
  • Matter of endurance.

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  • I endured insult and injury without complaint.
  • As a soldier, she was prepared to endure hardship and even to sacrifice her life for others.

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  • She could not go on enduring the hidden derision.
  • Carol could not endure it.

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  • She was not, she worried, strong enough to endure the routine, and she could not picture herself standing before grinning children and pretending to be wise and decisive.
  • If Will were as literate as Guy, or Guy were as executive as Will, I think I could endure even Gopher Prairie.
  • The Incident of the Seventeen Cents killed her none too enduring interest.
  • And anybody can endure anything.
  • I won’t endure it!
  • She remembered the rector’s wife who had been chilly to callers and who was rumored throughout the town to have said, "Re-ah-ly I cawn’t endure this bucolic heartiness in the responses."
  • She admitted that Carol seemed to have affection and immaculate care for the baby, but she began to identify herself now with Kennicott, and in this phase to feel that she had endured quite too much from Carol’s instability.
  • They were strong and enduring; for an hour at a time they could go on heaving questions about her father’s income, about her theology, and about the reason why she had not put on her rubbers when she had gone across the street.

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  • She simply hasn’t got an idea how hard it is for a full-blooded man to go on pretending to be satisfied with just being endured.
  • She made a decision resolute and enduring.
  • Carol could not endure it.
  • She could, she asserted, endure a shabby but modest town; the town shabby and egomaniac she could not endure.
  • She could, she asserted, endure a shabby but modest town; the town shabby and egomaniac she could not endure.
  • Especially—she hesitated, then flung it at him—he must not guess at pronunciations; he must endure the nuisance of stopping to reach for the dictionary.
  • Between incumbencies of Finn maids from the North Woods, Germans from the prairies, occasional Swedes and Norwegians and Icelanders, Carol did her own work—and endured Aunt Bessie’s skittering in to tell her how to dampen a broom for fluffy dust, how to sugar doughnuts, how to stuff a goose.
  • There are two insults which no human being will endure: the assertion that he hasn’t a sense of humor, and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
  • "Why, child, every woman ought to get off by herself and turn over her thoughts—about children, and God, and how bad her complexion is, and the way men don’t really understand her, and how much work she finds to do in the house, and how much patience it takes to endure some things in a man’s love."
  • She had gone to the party, not quite liking Cy but willing to endure him for the sake of dancing, of escaping from Mrs. Bogart’s flow of moral comments, of relaxing after the first strained weeks of teaching.
  • The Smails were to occupy the Kennicott house, and quite the hardest thing to endure in the month of waiting was the series of conferences between Kennicott and Uncle Whittier in regard to heating the garage and having the furnace flues cleaned.
  • Her task wouldn’t be anything so lively as having to endure a scolding, but only an exasperating effort to command his attention so that he would understand the nebulous things she had to tell him, instead of interrupting her by yawning, winding the clock, and going up to bed.
  • …when the light faltered in as through ground glass and bleakly identified the chairs as gray rectangles, she heard his step on the porch; heard him at the furnace: the rattle of shaking the grate, the slow grinding removal of ashes, the shovel thrust into the coal-bin, the abrupt clatter of the coal as it flew into the fire-box, the fussy regulation of drafts—the daily sounds of a Gopher Prairie life, now first appealing to her as something brave and enduring, many-colored and free.

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as in: endured the pain Define
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
as in: endure through the ages Define
to continue to exist
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