From Middle English perseveren, from Old French perseverer, from Latin persevērāre (“to continue steadfastly, persist, persevere”), from perseverus (“very strict or earnest”), from per (“through, by the means of”) + severus (“strict, earnest”). Doublet of perseverate.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌpɜːsəˈvɪə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌpɝ.səˈviɹ/
- Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (intransitive) To persist steadfastly in pursuit of an undertaking, task, journey, or goal, even if hindered by distraction, difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene v]:
- I will persevere in
my course of loyalty, though the conflict be sore
between that and my blood.
- 1817 (date written), [Jane Austen], chapter I, in Persuasion; published in Northanger Abbey: And Persuasion. […], volumes (please specify |volume=III or IV), London: John Murray, […], 20 December 1817 (indicated as 1818), →OCLC:
- Sir Walter had sought the acquaintance, and though his overtures had not been met with any warmth, he had persevered in seeking it.
- (intransitive, copulative, obsolete) To stay constant; to continue in a certain state; to remain.
- See also Thesaurus:persevere
- “persevere”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “persevere”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “persevere”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.