insist on/upon


: to say or show that one believes that something is necessary or very important
My source insisted on anonymity.
She insists on doing everything her own way.
informal : to continue doing (something that other people think is annoying or unimportant)
The people sitting next to us insisted on talking during the entire movie.

Examples of insist on/upon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a corollary to this assertive approach is a readiness to insist on China’s extraterritorial reach. Steve Tsang, TIME, 11 May 2024 Popular on Variety The narrations, which are often accompanied by gorgeously shot if intentionally unrelated images (as Kutta is described, the film shows Françoise reading on a ferry, featuring images of the ocean behind her), insist on a stark juxtaposition between what’s seen and what’s heard. Manuel Betancourt, Variety, 11 May 2024 Stroller-pushing parents turn to the festival marketplace booths to offer something elevated above typical theme park food offerings, not to stoop to the Happy Meal depths their kids insist on indulging. Brady MacDonald, Orange County Register, 10 May 2024 The community has every right to bar outside parties and to insist on norms of civility and respect, understanding that those ideals are not always immediately attainable. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2024 Medical officers went neighborhood by neighborhood to find cases and locate the unvaccinated and offer — and sometimes insist on — administering the vaccination for free. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 Wake up and insist on common-sense gun safety legislation. Alli Rosenbloom, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 The call to insist upon its message is what this book is kind of about. Hazlitt, 3 Apr. 2024 Don’t get sidetracked Dominic Monkhouse, founder of Monkhouse & Company, who coaches and mentors CEOs of scale-up tech businesses, says he is baffled by leaders pushing for rapid growth yet who insist on doing their own admin tasks. Barnaby Lashbrooke, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024

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“Insist on/upon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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