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.
Recent Examples of insist from the Web
But others insist automatic registration programs will lead to fraudulent voting.
The person wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and insisted on anonymity.
While Uber hasn’t denied that Levandowski took the proprietary files, the company has repeatedly insisted that they can’t be found on its computer servers.
A network spokesperson insisted that the lack of a byline is not unusual and pointed to other instances in which individual journalists were not credited as the authors of news articles.
Bankers insisted on sticking with the gold standard.
Kushner returned to Washington this week part way through Trump’s first foreign trip, although White House officials insisted his early departure had been planned.
Even when other TV stations backed off, Norcross kept insisting South Florida prepare.
Over the last 30 years, there has been a rise in single-vineyard Barolos, even as a few ardent traditionalists like Bartolo Mascarello insist on the primacy of wines blended from different communes.
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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
First Known Use: 1586
INSIST Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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