Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: persévérer, from Latin perseverare, from severus; SEVERE

persevere

verb
     
per‧se‧vere [intransitive]
to continue trying to do something in a very determined way in spite of difficulties - use this to show approval:
It can be tricky at first, but persevere.
persevere with
He persevered with his task until he had succeeded in collecting an armful of firewood.
persevere in (doing) something
She had persevered in her claim for compensation.
persevering adjective

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary