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verb per·sist \pər-ˈsist, -ˈzist\

Simple Definition of persist

  • : 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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to go on resolutely or stubbornly in spite of opposition, importunity, or warning

  3. 2 obsolete :  to remain unchanged or fixed in a specified character, condition, or position

  4. 3 :  to be insistent in the repetition or pressing of an utterance (as a question or an opinion)

  5. 4 :  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

Synonym Discussion of persist

continue, last, endure, abide, persist mean to exist over a period of time or indefinitely. continue applies to a process going on without ending <the search for peace will continue>. last, especially when unqualified, may stress existing beyond what is normal or expected <buy shoes that will last>. endure adds an implication of resisting destructive forces or agencies <in spite of everything, her faith endured>. abide implies stable and constant existing especially as opposed to mutability <a love that abides through 40 years of marriage>. persist suggests outlasting the normal or appointed time and often connotes obstinacy or doggedness <the sense of guilt persisted>.

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