- to continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, course of action, or the like, especially in spite of opposition, remonstrance, etc.: to persist in working for world peace; to persist in unpopular political activities.
- to last or endure tenaciously: The legend of King Arthur has persisted for nearly fifteen centuries.
- to be insistent in a statement, request, question, etc.
Origin of persist
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1, 2. See continue.
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Examples from the Web for persist
“That said, underneath the surface differences in threat perception and how to deal with Russia persist,” he says.Shocked by Ukraine Violence, NATO Prepares to Face Down Putin
October 12, 2014
And yet the real battle might be an even harder one: against the attitudes that allow all this to persist in 21st-Century India.Kailash Satyarthi, Malala's Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner, Is Fighting India's Child Slavery Epidemic
October 11, 2014
But to persist, to endure, to put your will toward a dream that sparks you, is to live large.From Havana to Hero: Diana Nyad’s 35-Year Quest
September 2, 2014
How then, does the Intelligent Design movement (ID) persist, in the face of so much damning contrary evidence?The Crazy Way Creationists Try To Explain Human Tails Without Evolution
Karl W. Giberson
June 1, 2014
What allows evil to persist, Aquinas believed, is the “lack of good” by other people.Government Has Made America Inept
Philip K. Howard
May 4, 2014
Why should she persist in this eternal search for this impossible condition?Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
I beg of you to persist in your address—the unnatural brother called it address!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
But if you persist in this way, Nat,—don't you know what it means?The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
But why will you persist in living up here without any comfort?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
But what you do not know is that the type once established does not persist of its own accord.City of Endless Night
- (often foll by in) to continue steadfastly or obstinately despite opposition or difficulty
- to continue to exist or occur without interruptionthe rain persisted throughout the night
C16: from Latin persistere, from per- (intensive) + sistere to stand steadfast, from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for persist
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