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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With low humidity and dry conditions expected to persist, SDG&E has put its heli-tanker, the Erickson Aircrane, on standby. Rob Nikolewski, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Heat wave puts Southern California power grid under pressure," 5 July 2018 The hot, windy conditions fueling the fire and others across the West were expected to persist through the end of July in Utah and parts of California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, U.S. fire officials said. Fox News, "Wind spreads California fire as other states battle blazes," 3 July 2018 A week later there have been more developments, but confusion persists. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "In border town, World Cup watchers balance team pride, anxiety about US," 29 June 2018 Dense fog conditions are expected to persist until 9 a.m. across Eastern Massachusetts along with Cape Cod and the Islands, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Forecasters issue advisory on dense fog along coast," 8 May 2018 Achievement gaps between white students and students of other ethnicities and races as well as gaps between students based on eligibility for free or reduced-price meals persist. Trisha Powell Crain, AL.com, "Alabama's national test scores still low, but not last," 10 Apr. 2018 Why does religion persist in the face of widespread economic growth and inequality? Sriya Iyer, WSJ, "The Marketplace of Faith," 27 Dec. 2018 The partial government shutdown triggered by a standoff over border wall has persisted for a month. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Migrant Tally Surges at Guatemala-Mexico Border," 23 Jan. 2019 Music aside, Stillman contends that the disco era marked the beginning of the club culture that persisted into the 90s and beyond. H.w. Vail, HWD, "Whit Stillman and Chloë Sevigny Look Back at The Last Days of Disco," 11 June 2018

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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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