insist

verb
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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Water may be the best way to keep yourself hydrated, but a bevy of new, healthy beverages insist on making the process a whole lot more fun. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The 13 Best Healthy Drinks You Can Get at the Supermarket," 20 Aug. 2018 Ignaz Semmelweis, who was born 100 years ago last week, spent his life insisting that hygiene is the most essential act in medicine. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018 Trump used to claim he would be vindicated, and his advisers insisted his periodic fits sprang from an irrational resentment that Mueller was tarnishing his election and obscuring his achievements. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 In the weeks following the revelation, the CEO responsible for the Superfish debacle insisted that no threat existed, despite near unanimity among security professionals that the practice was nothing short of reckless. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Sennheiser discloses monumental blunder that cripples HTTPS on PCs and Macs," 28 Nov. 2018 But in a June interview with Them, King Princess insisted the promo wasn’t pre-meditated. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "King Princess Thanked Harry Styles for His Viral Shoutout of Her Lyrics," 25 July 2018 Speaking as speculation built around Lascelles' future back in April, manager Rafael Benitez was full of praise for Lascelles and insisted that his captain is 'happy' at the club. SI.com, "Newcastle Reject 'Out of Hand' West Ham Bid Worth Up to £25m for Captain Jamaal Lascelles," 10 July 2018 However, insiders insisted the couple wasn't quarreling. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk's Super-Private Relationship Through the Years," 9 Jan. 2019 Meghan's friends insisted on remaining anonymous for the interview. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Palace Reportedly Didn't Know Meghan Markle's Friends Were Talking to the Press," 9 Feb. 2019

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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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insist

verb

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

insist

verb
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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