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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web But a recent spike in new infections as a result of the more contagious delta variant upended that plan and has fueled concerns that the restrictions may persist beyond July 19. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, 15 June 2021 Many are skeptical that the current political resolve will persist, just as the impetus for change fizzled out after the 2017 Quebec City mosque shooting, where six worshippers were murdered. Ryan Yu, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 June 2021 The Drought Monitor had predicted dry conditions would persist or expand in the US West in June. John Keefe And Brandon Miller, CNN, 10 June 2021 The addition of high occupancy toll lanes in the past decade increased capacity, yet traffic jams persist. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 Whether that decline is a short-term phenomenon or will persist and whether it will be confirmed in other rankings remain to be seen. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The company's troubles caused headaches for JBS feedlots trying to deliver cattle as well as for those buying its beef, but did not persist long enough to reach consumers, offered Jordan. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 8 June 2021 Many of the relationships forged during that process persist. Emma Marris, The Atlantic, 5 June 2021 The erosion of employer power began during the low-unemployment years leading up to the pandemic and, given demographic trends, could persist for years. New York Times, 5 June 2021

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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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17 Jun 2021

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“Persist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persist. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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