—v.t. 1. to hold out against; sustain without impairment or yielding; undergo: to endure great financial pressures with equanimity. 2. to bear without resistance or with patience; tolerate: I cannot endure your insults any longer. 3. to admit of; allow; bear: His poetry is such that it will not endure a superficial reading.
—v.i. 1. to continue to exist; last: These words will endure as long as people live who love freedom. 2. to support adverse force or influence of any kind; suffer without yielding; suffer patiently: Even in the darkest ages humanity has endured. 3. to have or gain continued or lasting acknowledgment or recognition, as of worth, merit or greatness: His plays have endured for more than three centuries.