- 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 persisted
For passengers, beyond the statistics lies a puzzle that has persisted for years.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
I bridled, too, at the unsolicited advice she persisted in giving my friends.Diane von Furstenberg: Becoming the Woman She Wanted to Be
Diane von Furstenberg
October 15, 2014
In the early 1900s, African Americans moved to Detroit to escape the inequality and injustice that persisted in the South.The Republican Occupation of Detroit
July 30, 2014
Yet still gay desires and cultures existed, persisted, and endured.Adventures in Gay History With Oscar Wilde
June 11, 2014
Russia has struggled with its Lada-class boats, but persisted, and is selling them to China.Tomorrow’s Stealthy Subs Could Sink America’s Navy
May 12, 2014
Yet the thought of her had persisted as a plaintive undertone through all the days after.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"Not at all," persisted he, accepting as conversation what she meant as a stab.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It is a crime which, if persisted in, will destroy the Government itself.
But, to my mortification and surprise, you persisted, and still persist.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Why had he persisted in sullenly leaving them all and going home?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- (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 persisted
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