insist

verb in·sist \ in-ˈsist \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of insist

intransitive verb
1 :to be emphatic, firm, or resolute about something intended, demanded, or required
  • they insist on going
2 archaic :persist
transitive verb
: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.

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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



INSIST Defined for English Language Learners

insist

verb

Definition of insist for English Language Learners

  • : 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


INSIST Defined for Kids

insist

verb in·sist \ in-ˈsist \

Definition of insist for Students

insisted; insisting
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.
insist on also insist upon
:to express or show a belief in the importance of something
  • He insists on doing it his way.


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