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Definition to keep working at something — especially despite difficulties
  • We will persevere through these difficult times. Better days are ahead.
persevere = to keep working at something despite difficulties
  • Despite an injured ankle, she persevered in overtime to help her team win.
  • persevered = kept working at something despite difficulties
  • This in itself is dangerous since the branches are becoming precariously thin even for me, but I persevere.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • persevere = keep working at something despite difficulties
  • Mr. Gore was proud, ambitious, and persevering.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • persevering = continuing to work at something despite difficulties
  • I will be cool, persevering, and prudent.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • persevering = continuing to work at something despite difficulties
  • In such a universe, it seems ridiculous and foolhardy to attempt a creation of one's own, but still, I persevere.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • persevere = keep working at something despite difficulties
  • They continued to walk onward, while the elder traveller exhorted his companion to make good speed and persevere in the path,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • persevere = keep working at something
  • Apparently she had revived enough to persevere in her profession.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • persevere = keep working (at something) despite difficulties
  • "Gentle breeding," he continued, when I had found and scratched it, "and that you should try to live up to your name-" Atticus persevered in spite of us: "She asked me to tell you you must try to behave like the little lady and gentleman that you are."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • persevered = kept working at something (to explain) despite difficulties
  • We do know in part what Mr. Ewell did: he did what any God-fearing, persevering, respectable white man would do under the circumstances—he swore out a warrant, no doubt signing it with his left hand, and Tom Robinson now sits before you, having taken the oath with the only good hand he possesses—his right hand.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • persevering = continuing despite difficulties
  • How can you, who long for the love and sympathy of man, persevere in this exile?
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He was ambitious enough to be contented with nothing short of the highest rank of overseers, and persevering enough to reach the height of his ambition.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • I persevere.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Colonel Maycomb persevered in his efforts to make the region safe for democracy, but his first campaign was his last.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • persevered = kept working (at something) despite difficulties
  • The first time he tried to smoke it made him sick, but he persevered, and spun the packet out for a long time, smoking half a cigarette after each meal.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • persevered = kept working at something despite difficulties
  • I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
    Christopher Reeve
  • She tried her hand at all the arts in succession, but was too discouraged by the weakness of her first attempts to persevere.
    Shaw, George Bernard  --  An Unsocial Socialist
  • ...if you have discovered nothing, at least you have had the good sense to persevere in your suspicions.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • How should I be able now to persevere in any path without your companionship?
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nurture and education.
    Plato  --  Crito

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