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.
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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