persist

verb
per·​sist | \ pər-ˈsist How to pronounce persist (audio) , -ˈzist How to pronounce persist (audio) \
persisted; persisting; persists

Definition of persist

intransitive verb

1 : to go on resolutely or stubbornly in spite of opposition, importunity, or warning
2 obsolete : to remain unchanged or fixed in a specified character, condition, or position
3 : to be insistent in the repetition or pressing of an utterance (such as a question or an opinion)
4 : to continue to exist especially past a usual, expected, or normal time

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Other Words from persist

persister noun

Synonyms for persist

Synonyms

carry on, persevere

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continue, last, endure, abide, persist mean to exist over a period of time or indefinitely. continue applies to a process going on without ending. the search for peace will continue last, especially when unqualified, may stress existing beyond what is normal or expected. buy shoes that will last endure adds an implication of resisting destructive forces or agencies. in spite of everything, her faith endured abide implies stable and constant existing especially as opposed to mutability. a love that abides through 40 years of marriage persist suggests outlasting the normal or appointed time and often connotes obstinacy or doggedness. the sense of guilt persisted

Examples of persist in a Sentence

She had turned him down for a date before, but he persisted and asked her again. The reporter persisted with his questioning. If you persist with this behavior, you will be punished. Must you persist in making that noise? If the pain persists, see a doctor. Doubts about the defendant's story have persisted for some time now. Rumors persist that they are dating.
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Pep Guardiola was understood to be keen on bringing the defender back to the Etihad, but work permit issues have persisted. SI.com, "Aston Villa Agree £15m Deal for Man City Midfielder Douglas Luiz But Face Work Permit Battle," 12 July 2019 The ethics controversy that has recently enveloped former Metro board member and chairman Jack Evans showed that problems with governance and leadership persist. Washington Post, "Metro Red Line crash was pivotal event for agency and other U.S. subway systems," 29 June 2019 The idea of working less has also persisted through industrial revolutions. Azamat Omuraliev, Quartz, "We should start working less now to mentally prepare ourselves for automation," 27 June 2019 The mystery of why may have come closer to being solved with a study published Monday that found that bits of the Lyme bacteria can persist in patients’ inflamed joints even after taking antibiotics. Linda Carroll, NBC News, "Possible clue to Lyme arthritis found in patients' inflamed joints," 18 June 2019 Specificially, in its monthly forecast released Thursday, the Climate Prediction Center said there's a 66% chance that El Niño conditions will persist through the summer. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "El Niño forecast to continue through the summer, could knock down hurricanes," 13 June 2019 The minister, Andrew Little, must address evidence that torture of prisoners in China persists and is difficult to detect, the panel of judges wrote. Charlotte Graham-mclay, BostonGlobe.com, "New Zealand court, blocking extradition, is latest to rebuke china’s judiciary," 11 June 2019 The problem has persisted amid that backdrop and other partisan bickering. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Why Whataburger, J.C. Penney and other Texas businesses are crying foul over this goof in 2017 tax revamp," 7 June 2019 The crypto parasite causes cryptosporidiosis, a watery diarrhea that can persist for up to three weeks. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Diarrhea-Causing Illness from Swimming Pools — Known as 'Crypto' — Is on the Rise, CDC Says," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of persist

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for persist

Middle French persister, from Latin persistere, from per- + sistere to take a stand, stand firm; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand

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persist

verb

English Language Learners Definition of persist

: to continue to do something or to try to do something even though it is difficult or other people want you to stop
: to continue to occur or exist beyond the usual, expected, or normal time

persist

verb
per·​sist | \ pər-ˈsist How to pronounce persist (audio) \
persisted; persisting

Kids Definition of persist

1 : to keep on doing or saying something : continue stubbornly The reporter persisted with questions.
2 : to last on and on : continue to exist or occur Rain persisted for days.

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