If something endures, it lasts: Beethoven's fame has endured for more than 200 years. But if you endure something, you suffer through it: We endured our teacher's slide shows of her vacation photographs.

Notice above that something that endures can be good or bad. Something you endure is always bad. And people are forever talking about what they can't or won't endure, as in "I refuse to endure any more abuse from my neighbors." Endure derives from the Latin indūrāre "to make hard," formed from the prefix in- "against, into" plus dūrus "hard."

Definitions of endure
  1. verb
    undergo or be subjected to
    synonyms: suffer
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    have for one's benefit
    have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen or environmental condition
    suffer or face the pain of death
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    experience, go through, see
    go or live through
  2. verb
    face and withstand with courage
    synonyms: brave, brave out, weather
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    defy, hold, hold up, withstand
    resist or confront with resistance
  3. verb
    put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    “The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks”
    synonyms: abide, bear, brook, digest, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate
    experience (emotional) pain
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    accept, live with, swallow
    tolerate or accommodate oneself to
    hold still for, stand for
    tolerate or bear
    bear up
    endure cheerfully
    take lying down
    suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively
    take a joke
    listen to a joke at one's own expense
    sit out
    endure to the end
    bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
    get one's lumps, take one's lumps
    suffer the results or consequences of one's behavior or actions
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    allow, countenance, let, permit
    consent to, give permission
  4. verb
    continue to live through hardship or adversity
    synonyms: go, hold out, hold up, last, live, live on, survive
    be, live
    have life, be alive
    exist, live, subsist, survive
    support oneself
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    hold up, hold water, stand up
    resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.
    survive from season to season, of plants
    live out
    live out one's life; live to the end
  5. verb
    persist for a specified period of time
    synonyms: last
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    run, run for
    extend or continue for a certain period of time
    hold out, wear
    last and be usable
    drag on, drag out
    last unnecessarily long
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    have certain dimensions
  6. verb
    continue to exist
    “The legend of Elvis endures
    synonyms: die hard, persist, prevail, run
    occur persistently
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    carry over
    transfer or persist from one stage or sphere of activity to another
    have a long or continuing effect
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    exist over a prolonged period of time
  7. verb
    last and be usable
    synonyms: hold out, wear
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    type of:
    persist for a specified period of time
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