- to be emphatic, firm, or resolute on some matter of desire, demand, intention, etc.: He insists on checking every shipment.
- to lay emphasis in assertion: to insist on the justice of a claim.
- to dwell with earnestness or emphasis (usually followed by on or upon): to insist on a point in a discussion.
- to assert or maintain firmly: He insists that he saw the ghosts.
- to demand or persist in demanding: I insist that you see this thing through.
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Examples from the Web for insisted
Lalo insisted during a recent interview that they encountered Chito “and his people by accident.”
It seems that the deputies asked him to leave, but Saylor insisted on staying, and perhaps physically resisted them.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
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“At worst, Eric picked up a garbage can, was told by police to put it down, and did,” his lawyer, Martin Stoler, insisted.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop
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But he insisted that there is nothing about her death to provoke additional scrutiny.The Mystery Death Of A Female Firefighter
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“After August 2002, it was a well-managed program with specific instructions with what to do,” Rodriguez insisted.CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me
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"But I tell you she isn't right," insisted Percival, warmly.The Spenders
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Sir John, however, insisted that they should all be ordered back again.
No doubt it was true, for she would have insisted on moderate cleanliness and comfort.
When he was obstinate, and insisted on exerting himself, she gave in.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
No sooner did he learn of Mark's condition, than he insisted on taking charge of him.Weighed and Wanting
- to make a determined demand (for)he insisted that his rights be respected; he insisted on his rights
- to express a convinced belief (in) or assertion (of)he insisted that she was mad; he insisted on her madness
C16: from Latin insistere to stand upon, urge, from in- ² + sistere to stand
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Word Origin and History for insisted
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