in·​sist | \ in-ˈsist How to pronounce insist (audio) \
insisted; insisting; insists

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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The boogaloos, or Boogaloo Bois as they are sometimes called, insist a second civil war is inevitable. Rachel Lerman, Washington Post, "Facebook removes hundreds of boogaloo accounts for ‘promoting violence’ in coordinated takedown," 30 June 2020 Ford will continue offering their mainstay V8 and diesel engines in the F-150, Drury said, because there are customers who will just insist on what has always worked for them. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Ford's new F-150 will test whether truck buyers really want hybrids," 25 June 2020 Toyota may still run into some resistance from Bubbas who insist on V-8 power, but this engine should satisfy the vast majority of truck customers. Steven Cole Smith, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1995 Toyota T100 Xtracab DX Inches Closer to Becoming a Real Full-Size Pickup," 12 June 2020 For those who insist on keeping UPnP turned on, use a site such as this one to make sure the router isn't exposing sensitive ports. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "UPnP flaw exposes millions of network devices to attacks over the Internet," 11 June 2020 Environmental groups in favor of RGGI also back the governor’s authority to enter into the program without legislative approval – something Republicans insist violates the state’s constitution. Washington Examiner, "House panel poised to thwart Pennsylvania’s entry into carbon trading program," 10 June 2020 When bass drop back to the creek and river channels that lace the bottoms of impoundments, fishing gets tough for those who insist on casting to the bank. Mark Hicks, Field & Stream, "How to Fish Creek Channels for Summer Bass," 9 June 2020 But with coronavirus still raging, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has refused to commit to allowing a full-scale event of the sort President Donald Trump and the party insist on holding. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Dallas mayor 'not interested’ in Trump packing an arena for GOP convention during COVID-19 pandemic," 5 June 2020 Call on police officers of good will to speak up and insist the culture of policing in America be de-militarized. Rhonda Abrams, USA TODAY, "George Floyd: What small business owners can do to be community allies in a time of protest," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of insist

1586, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of insist was in 1586

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4 Jul 2020

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“Insist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of insist

: 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


in·​sist | \ in-ˈsist How to pronounce insist (audio) \
insisted; insisting

Kids Definition of insist

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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