AskDefine | Define endure

Dictionary Definition



1 put up with something or somebody unpleasant; "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage" [syn: digest, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put up]
2 face or endure with courage; "She braved the elements" [syn: weather, brave, brave out]
3 continue to live; endure or last; "We went without water and food for 3 days"; "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The racecar driver lived through several very serious accidents" [syn: survive, last, live, live on, go, hold up, hold out]
4 undergo or be subjected to; "He suffered the penalty"; "Many saints suffered martyrdom" [syn: suffer] [ant: enjoy]
5 last and be usable; "This dress wore well for almost ten years" [syn: wear, hold out]
6 persist or be long; in time; "The bad weather lasted for three days" [syn: last]
7 continue to exist; "These stories die hard"; "The legend of Elvis endures" [syn: prevail, persist, die hard, run]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To continue or carry on with something, despite obstacles or hardships.
  2. To tolerate or put up with something unpleasant.
  3. To last.
  4. To suffer patiently.

Related terms


to continue despite obstacles
to tolerate something

Extensive Definition

Endurance is the ability for humans and animals to exert themselves through aerobic or anaerobic exercise for relatively long periods of time. The definition of 'long' varies according to the type of exertion - minutes for high intensity anaerobic exercise, hours or days for low intensity. Training for endurance can have a negative impact on the ability to exert strength unless an individual also undertakes resistance training to counteract this effect.

Endurance exercise

Endurance exercise or endurance training consists of performing low- to medium-intensity exercise for long periods of time. E.g., jogging or running several miles to hundreds of miles; cycling dozens of miles to thousands of miles; swimming hundreds of yards or meters to dozens of miles or km.
Physical endurance is differentiated from other forms of physical stress in that in endurance exercise fatigue of the muscles and cardiovascular system do not force the effort to end. The need for sleep, the buildup of non-recyclable waste chemicals, the depletion of convertible energy stores and other needed chemicals (e.g., water, sodium), physical injury, psychological failure, or attainment of the goal will bring the effort to an end.

Equestrian Sport

In equestrian sport, endurance riding refers to long distance races (often 100 miles) by one horse-rider pair. Endurance races were part of military history and also have a place in the history of the American West. The Tevis Cup is a famous race from the east to the west side of the Sierra Nevada.
It is an international sport and is governed at the international level by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI).
The Shahzada is an Australian National Event With Riders Travelling from all over the Country to compete, it is a ride consisting of 160 km (or 100 miles) per day for 4 days.
In the UK the official Endurance Group is called 'Sport Endurance'.

Auto racing

In auto racing, endurance refers to long distance races, often leagues or more.


endure in German: Ausdauer
endure in Esperanto: Eltenivo
endure in French: Endurance
endure in Hebrew: סבולת לב ריאה
endure in Dutch: Uithoudingsvermogen
endure in Japanese: 持久力
endure in Norwegian: Utholdenhet
endure in Portuguese: Estamina
endure in Yiddish: דויערהאפטיג

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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