insist

verb
in·​sist | \ in-ˈsist How to pronounce insist (audio) \
insisted; insisting; insists

Definition of insist

intransitive verb

1 : to be emphatic, firm, or resolute about something intended, demanded, or required They insist on going.
2 archaic : persist

transitive verb

: to maintain in a persistent or positive manner insisted that the story was true

Examples of insist in a Sentence

I didn't want to go, but she insisted. “Come on, let's go.” “Oh, all right, if you insist.” She insists the money is hers.
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Recent Examples on the Web While many artists, from Covid-touring vanguard Jason Isbell to Harry Styles, are requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test to attend their shows, touring acts can also insist audiences wear masks. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 12 Jan. 2022 Nothing stuns me more than the guests who enthusiastically respond, ask to contribute to the menu (sometimes insist), and then fail to arrive. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2022 Nothing stuns me more than the guests who enthusiastically respond, ask to contribute to the menu (sometimes insist), and then fail to arrive. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 6 Jan. 2022 Nothing stuns me more than the guests who enthusiastically respond, ask to contribute to the menu (sometimes insist), and then fail to arrive. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 6 Jan. 2022 Nothing stuns me more than the guests who enthusiastically respond, ask to contribute to the menu (sometimes insist), and then fail to arrive. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, 6 Jan. 2022 The challenges are there waiting, but the team will be ready, the Utes insist. The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Jan. 2022 Now, major shifts in U.S. nuclear weapons policy seem much less likely, and while Mr. Biden may insist on certain adjustments, momentum toward a historic departure from the Trump administration’s policy appears to have stalled. Robert Burns, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Jan. 2022 Mike McCarthy and the coaching staff insist there’s not a center competition. David Moore, Dallas News, 14 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of insist

1586, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for insist

Middle French or Latin; Middle French insister, from Latin insistere to stand upon, persist, from in- + sistere to take a stand; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand

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18 Jan 2022

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“Insist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insist. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for insist

insist

verb

English Language Learners Definition of insist

: to demand that something happen or that someone do something
: to say (something) in a way that is very forceful and does not allow disagreement

insist

verb
in·​sist | \ in-ˈsist How to pronounce insist (audio) \
insisted; insisting

Kids Definition of insist

1 : to make a demand I didn't want to go, but she insisted.
2 : to say (something) in a forceful way that doesn't allow for disagreement She insists the money is hers.
insist on also insist upon
: to express or show a belief in the importance of something He insists on doing it his way.

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