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
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 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
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