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[per-sist, -zist] /pərˈsɪst, -ˈzɪst/
verb (used without object)
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
1530-40; < Latin persistere literally, to stand firm permanently, equivalent to per- per- + -sistere, akin to stāre to stand
Related forms
persister, noun
persistingly, adverb
persistive, adjective
persistively, adverb
persistiveness, noun
nonpersisting, adjective
unpersisting, adjective
3. insist.
Synonym Study
1, 2. See continue. Unabridged
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  • He refused to have an advocate or to make defence, persisting that he was a Jew and would die for the Law of Moses.

  • She read poems, essays, the ideas of the seminary at Marysville persisting in her mind.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • "To leave Oxford and speak of ourselves, of you and me," said May, persisting.

    The New Warden Mrs. David G. Ritchie
  • persisting in my friendliness my questions slowly drew him out.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Such obstinate differences, persisting in spite of the same home environment, must depend on native constitution.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • But that persisting calm of Mr. Wilding's was too much for old Nick Trenchard.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • You have some interest or other in persisting to remain here, when I tell you to go away.

  • You see you were wrong in persisting to me that I would not find a fourth husband.

British Dictionary definitions for persisting


verb (intransitive)
(often foll by in) to continue steadfastly or obstinately despite opposition or difficulty
to continue to exist or occur without interruption: the rain persisted throughout the night
Derived Forms
persister, 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 persisting



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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