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persevere at something

to keep trying to do something. I will persevere at my studies and I'm sure I will succeed. Todd persevered at his job and got promoted in no time.
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persevere in something

to persist in [doing] something. I will persevere in my efforts to win election. Kelly persevered in her studies and graduated with honors.
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persevere with something

to continue to try to accomplish something. Do you really think it is wise to persevere with your plan? Sally persevered with her scheme to earn a million dollars.
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But when he thinks that he is the sufferer of the wrong, then he boils and chafes, and is on the side of what he believes to be justice; and because he suffers hunger or cold or other pain he is only the more determined to persevere and conquer.
Huntingdon,' he added aloud, 'that I could be guilty of inciting him to persevere in his present pursuits: on the contrary, I have remonstrated with him again and again; I have frequently expressed my surprise at his conduct, and reminded him of his duties and his privileges - but to no purpose; he only - '
Neglected disease and hopeless poverty were as certain to be his portion as death itself, if he persevered in the same course; yet he did persevere, and the result may be guessed.
It is marvellous how long the propensities of the savage continue in that remarkable race,” said the good divine; “but if he perseveres as he has commenced, his triumph shall yet be complete.
The Molineux boss is determined to persevere with 20-year-old Cassidy, who made a strong impression on a half-season loan with Tranmere in 2012/13.
He said: "This competition opened my eyes again that life might throw things in your path but you have to overlook them and be strong and persevere.
In the meantime flounder, dab and rockling will provide the only action for anglers who persevere.
Folie A Deux did indeed persevere, making up 20 lengths from the thirdlast and getting up in the last 50 yards to win by half a length.
In his speech Sfeir said "this country will persevere thanks to its children - Educating students is beneficial for the country
Summary: Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday called on Christians in the Middle East region to persevere in their faith despite the current hardships.
He has come under fire from pockets of supporters in recent weeks, notably during the victory at Middlesbrough, but both Mowbray and Greening feel he will start scoring if he continues to persevere.
Thinking back over a long, hard season, I gave thanks to my Maker that I was able to endeavor to persevere.
Christopher Reeve: "I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
Its slightly textbook-like feel will not readily seduce you but if you persevere there is plenty of material within it to inspire you.