endurance

Endurance is the power to withstand something challenging. If you decide to run a marathon, you will need lots of endurance to run over 26 miles.

The noun endurance contains endure, which means "to suffer or undergo" and the suffix -ance means "the state of." It can be used to describe the physical strength to keep going, as in a marathon or giving birth, but it can also be used when discussing an exhausting mental situation or stressful time — the endurance to bounce back from heartbreak, perhaps.

Definitions of endurance
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n a state of surviving; remaining alive

Synonyms:
survival
Types:
subsistence
a means of surviving
Type of:
aliveness, animation, life, living
the condition of living or the state of being alive

n the power to withstand hardship or stress

“the marathon tests a runner's endurance
Types:
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sufferance
patient endurance especially of pain or distress
stamina, staying power, toughness
enduring strength and energy
long-sufferance, long-suffering
patient endurance of pain or unhappiness
tolerance
the power or capacity of an organism to tolerate unfavorable environmental conditions
legs
staying power
capacity
tolerance for alcohol
Type of:
strength
the property of being physically or mentally strong

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