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
Mexico's president and other senior officials have repeatedly insisted that Mexico won't pay for a wall.
The rational camp would insist on targeting your highest-rate card.
The mayor’s office insisted that the timing was coincidental and the decision not political.
Other officials insisted that government forces had pushed back the Taliban and fought off their attempts to capture the governor’s compound.
But that is not good enough for the Obama administration, which insists that biological males who identify as women have a fundamental right to access to women’s facilities.
The Virgin Group founder insists he's committed to making the merger work, but is prepared to launch a new airline if Alaska doesn't protect the Virgin brand.
While the typical darts player does not embody the standard athletic abstractions—power, grace—most players insist this is a legitimate sport.
Others are outraged by the idea, insisting that regardless of how its identity has changed, demoting Pluto would dishonor astronomical history and confuse the public.
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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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