verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of insist
Examples from the Web for insist
The only great thing he did as governor was to insist that the death penalty was just wrong.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
No crimes were committed by Sony with the possible exception of all those Adam Sandler movies they insist on making.
They all insist that Health Republic/MagnaCare had not told their billing departments that I was out of network.
But veterans of his campaign for Senate and people close to him insist that Webb is taking a serious look.
But he insist his character, Petel (Hebrew for raspberry) has a universal appeal.
Well, no, I don't overwhelm you; say what you have to tell me—say it, I insist upon it.Ten Years Later|Alexandre Dumas, Pere
To insist upon the power of heredity was once considered to indicate a fatalistic pessimism.The Task of Social Hygiene|Havelock Ellis
But as this Fact is not grounded upon sufficient Authority, so it is needless to insist long upon it.A Discourse on the Plague|Richard Mead
He's quite likely to insist on being best man or something of that sort when the show's all over!Rung Ho!|Talbot Mundy
Why did he insist on rousing me when I was there alone, quite peaceful, forgetting everything, sunk in a placid indulgent calm!The Torrent|Vicente Blasco Ibaez
British Dictionary definitions for insist
Word Origin for insist
Word Origin and History for insist
1580s, from Latin insistere "persist, dwell upon, stand upon," from in- "upon" (see in- (2)) + sistere "take a stand" (see assist). Perhaps in some cases a back-formation from insistence. Related: Insisted; insisting.