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persist

[per-sist, -zist]
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verb (used without object)
  1. 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.
  2. to last or endure tenaciously: The legend of King Arthur has persisted for nearly fifteen centuries.
  3. to be insistent in a statement, request, question, etc.

Origin of persist

1530–40; < Latin persistere literally, to stand firm permanently, equivalent to per- per- + -sistere, akin to stāre to stand
Related formsper·sist·er, nounper·sist·ing·ly, adverbper·sis·tive, adjectiveper·sis·tive·ly, adverbper·sis·tive·ness, nounnon·per·sist·ing, adjectiveun·per·sist·ing, adjective

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3. insist.

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1, 2. See continue.
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British Dictionary definitions for persister

persist

verb (intr)
  1. (often foll by in) to continue steadfastly or obstinately despite opposition or difficulty
  2. to continue to exist or occur without interruptionthe rain persisted throughout the night
Derived Formspersister, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin persistere, from per- (intensive) + sistere to stand steadfast, from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for persister

persist

v.

1530s, from Middle French persister (14c.), from Latin persistere "abide, continue steadfastly," from per- "thoroughly" (see per) + sistere "come to stand, cause to stand still" (see assist). Related: Persisted; persisting.

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