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Endure nasty virus very close to home (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

survive

'endure' is the definition.
('survive' can be a synonym of 'endure')

'nasty virus very close to home' is the wordplay.
'nasty' indicates anagramming the letters.
'very' becomes 'v' (abbreviation).
'close to' suggests the final letters (the close/ending of).
The final letter of 'home' is 'e'.
'virus' anagrammed gives 'survi'.
'survi'+'v'+'e'='SURVIVE'

(Other definitions for survive that I've seen before include "Continue to exist", "Live on", "Continue living", "Outlast", "Remain alive".)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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