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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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References in classic literature ?
For a day or two after the affront was given, Henry Crawford had endeavoured to do it away by the usual attack of gallantry and compliment, but he had not cared enough about it to persevere against a few repulses; and becoming soon too busy with his play to have time for more than one flirtation, he grew indifferent to the quarrel, or rather thought it a lucky occurrence, as quietly putting an end to what might ere long have raised expectations in more than Mrs.
Summary: Former England boss Glenn Hoddle believes Fabio Capello's team will not be successful if the coach perseveres with a 4-4-2 formation.
Through plot twists involving a prince, the boy Harry with whom Rapunzel has fallen in love, the identity of the tinker, and much more, Rapunzel perseveres, and the tale comes to a satisfying conclusion.
recently completed construction of a world-class research headquarters in Groton, and the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics steadfastly perseveres as a major defense contractor.
No one, naturally, is interested in his theories - in fact, other journalists dump threats on his head as unambiguous as those of the corrupt cops themselves - yet he perseveres and ultimately triumphs.
The duo perseveres through parental and societal adversity, and forge their own path, proving to everyone around them that love is really WHAT MATTERS MOST.