persevere (perseveres, present participle persevering; past and past participle persevered)

  1. To persist steadfastly in pursuit of an undertaking, task, journey, or goal, even if hindered by distraction, difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement.
    • 1606, William Shakespeare, King Lear, act 3, scene 5:
      I will persevere in
      my course of loyalty, though the conflict be sore
      between that and my blood.
    • 1817, Jane Austen, Persuasion, ch. 1:
      Sir Walter had sought the acquaintance, and though his overtures had not been met with any warmth, he had persevered in seeking it.
    • circa 1918 P. G. Wodehouse, "The Agonies of Writing a Musical Comedy":
      He is a trifle discouraged, but he perseveres.
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