Thesaurus

persist

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of persist

  1. 1 to continue despite difficulties, opposition, or discouragement she persisted in her efforts and eventually got the job she wanted Synonyms of persist carry on, persevereWords Related to persist dig in, hang on, keep up; follow through (with); knuckle downNear Antonyms of persist give up, knock off, quit; bow, give in, submit, succumb, surrender, yield; falter, hang back, hesitate, shilly-shally, vacillate, waver, wobble (also wabble)

  2. 2 to remain indefinitely in existence or in the same state my headache persisted for almost the entire day Synonyms of persist abide, bide, endure, hold on, hold up, keep up, last, perdure, continue, remain, run onWords Related to persist linger, stay, stick around, tarry; carry through, prevail, surviveNear Antonyms of persist abate, die (down), ebb, let up, moderate, subside, waneAntonyms of persist cease, close, conclude, desist, die, discontinue, end, expire, finish, lapse, leave off, pass, quit, stop, terminate, wind up

Synonym Discussion of persist

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


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