- 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 persisting
The fault lines of the 2010 primary campaign show signs of persisting in Florida.Newt's Secret Florida Weapon: Marco Rubio's 2010 Campaign Manager
January 26, 2012
“The effort to keep on persisting with something called a newsmagazine is probably outdated at this point,” Brown says.Inside The New Beast
November 12, 2010
Persisting in my friendliness my questions slowly drew him out.The Harbor
By persisting in your path, though you forfeit the little you gain the great.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
But that persisting calm of Mr. Wilding's was too much for old Nick Trenchard.Mistress Wilding
You see you were wrong in persisting to me that I would not find a fourth husband.A Romance of the West Indies
And he, persisting in his tone of reverie—'I do not know—I do not remember.'The Child of Pleasure
- (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 persisting
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