- 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.
Origin of insist
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5. urge, require.
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Then I heard Flicie talking to a French lady who was insisting on seeing me.My Double Life
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In spite of my insisting Hephzy still declared she should not go.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
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But he did not know about Custer's action in insisting on stopping there.Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman
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- 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 insisting
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