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insist

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verb in·sist \in-ˈsist\

Simple Definition of insist

  • : to demand that something happen or that someone do something

  • : to say (something) in a way that is very forceful and does not allow disagreement

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of insist

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be emphatic, firm, or resolute about something intended, demanded, or required <they insist on going>

  3. 2 archaic :  persist

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to maintain in a persistent or positive manner <insisted that the story was true>

Examples of insist in a sentence

  1. I didn't want to go, but she insisted.

  2. Come on, let's go. Oh, all right, if you insist.

  3. She insists the money is hers.



Origin and Etymology of insist

Middle French or Latin; Middle French insister, from Latin insistere to stand upon, persist, from in- + sistere to take a stand; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand


First Known Use: 1586



INSIST Defined for Kids

insist

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verb in·sist \in-ˈsist\

Definition of insist for Students

insisted

insisting

  1. 1 :  to make a demand <I didn't want to go, but she insisted.>

  2. 2 :  to say (something) in a forceful way that doesn't allow for disagreement <She insists the money is hers.>

insist on

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insist upon

  1. :  to express or show a belief in the importance of something <He insists on doing it his way.>





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