verb per·sist \pər-ˈsist, -ˈzist\

: to continue to do something or to try to do something even though it is difficult or other people want you to stop

: to continue to occur or exist beyond the usual, expected, or normal time

Full Definition of PERSIST

intransitive verb
:  to go on resolutely or stubbornly in spite of opposition, importunity, or warning
obsolete :  to remain unchanged or fixed in a specified character, condition, or position
:  to be insistent in the repetition or pressing of an utterance (as a question or an opinion)
:  to continue to exist especially past a usual, expected, or normal time
per·sist·er noun

Examples of PERSIST

  1. She had turned him down for a date before, but he persisted and asked her again.
  2. The reporter persisted with his questioning.
  3. If you persist with this behavior, you will be punished.
  4. Must you persist in making that noise?
  5. If the pain persists, see a doctor.
  6. Doubts about the defendant's story have persisted for some time now.
  7. Rumors persist that they are dating.

Origin of PERSIST

Middle French persister, from Latin persistere, from per- + sistere to take a stand, stand firm; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand
First Known Use: 1538


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