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
Full Definition of insist
1 : to be emphatic, firm, or resolute about something intended, demanded, or required <they insist on going>
2 archaic : persist
: to maintain in a persistent or positive manner <insisted that the story was true>
Examples of insist in a sentence
I didn't want to go, but she insisted.
“Come on, let's go.” “Oh, all right, if you insist.”
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
Rhymes with insist
A-list, assist, backlist, blacklist, B-list, checklist, consist, dean's list, delist, desist, encyst, enlist, entwist, exist, handlist, hit list, life list, mailed fist, persist, playlist, protist, Rehnquist, resist, short list, short-list, subsist, untwist, wait-list, white list, wish list
INSIST Defined for Kids
Definition of insist for Students
1 : to make a demand <I didn't want to go, but she insisted.>
2 : to say (something) in a forceful way that doesn't allow for disagreement <She insists the money is hers.>
: to express or show a belief in the importance of something <He insists on doing it his way.>
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