insist

verb
in·sist | \ in-ˈsist \
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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The Instant Award is granted by a new organization called the Horse With No Name, formed specifically for that purpose by the funder of the prize (who insists on anonymity). Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills New $50,000 prize in improvised music gives its first awards to Joe McPhee and Susan Alcorn," 10 July 2018 That issue had led to a clash between Seehofer and Merkel, who repeatedly insisted that Germany shouldn't act unilaterally by sending back asylum seekers to other European countries that would then have to bear the biggest burden of the influx. Kirsten Grieshaber, Fox News, "Germany presents new, more restrictive migration plan," 10 July 2018 That issue had led to a clash between Seehofer and Merkel, who repeatedly insisted that Germany shouldn’t act unilaterally by sending back asylum seekers to other European countries that would then have to bear the biggest burden of the influx. Kirsten Grieshaber, The Seattle Times, "Germany presents new, more restrictive migration plan," 10 July 2018 That issue had led to a clash between Seehofer and Merkel, who repeatedly insisted that Germany shouldn’t act unilaterally by sending back asylum seekers to other European countries that would then have to bear the biggest burden of the influx. Washington Post, "Germany presents new, more restrictive migration plan," 10 July 2018 Cessa is not the only unhappy camper headed down: To make room on the roster for Cessa, infielder Brandon Drury, who the Yankees repeatedly insist is not a Class AAA player, was sent down again after the first game on Monday. New York Times, "Split Doubleheader Costs Yankees Ground in A.L. East Race," 9 July 2018 She is backed up by researchers who insist that recess is an indispensable part of the school day. Koby Levin, Detroit Free Press, "Thousands of grade school children in Detroit go without recess," 7 July 2018 Not everyone among us has an unlimited choice of gadgets to pick from, but those who do should insist on having the cleanest, lightest experience, stripped of the most pernicious forms of bloatware. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Isn’t it time we declared our independence from bloatware?," 4 July 2018 Upon arriving in Afghanistan, Mr. Sarkisian, a jolly, easygoing man, became friends with Zahir Shah, the king, who insisted that the couple extend their eight-month stay to 3½ years. BostonGlobe.com, "Leo Sarkisian, at 97; creator of VOA’s ‘Music Time in Africa’," 4 July 2018

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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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Phrases Related to insist

insist on/upon

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The first known use of insist was in 1586

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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 \
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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