insist

[in-sist]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be emphatic, firm, or resolute on some matter of desire, demand, intention, etc.: He insists on checking every shipment.
  2. to lay emphasis in assertion: to insist on the justice of a claim.
  3. to dwell with earnestness or emphasis (usually followed by on or upon): to insist on a point in a discussion.
verb (used with object)
  1. to assert or maintain firmly: He insists that he saw the ghosts.
  2. to demand or persist in demanding: I insist that you see this thing through.

Origin of insist

1580–90; < Latin insistere to stand still on, persist in, equivalent to in- in-2 + sistere to stand, make stand, reduplicated derivative from base of stāre to stand
Related formsin·sist·er, nounin·sist·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·in·sist, verb (used without object)re·in·sist, verb (used without object)su·per·in·sist, verb (used without object)

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  • Then I heard Flicie talking to a French lady who was insisting on seeing me.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Not only that, but you have a mania for insisting that other men drink with you.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • They had talked about the war all day, insisting to each other that it could not be of long duration.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • In spite of my insisting Hephzy still declared she should not go.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • But he did not know about Custer's action in insisting on stopping there.


British Dictionary definitions for insisting

insist

verb
  1. to make a determined demand (for)he insisted that his rights be respected; he insisted on his rights
  2. to express a convinced belief (in) or assertion (of)he insisted that she was mad; he insisted on her madness
Derived Formsinsister, nouninsistingly, adverb

Word Origin for insist

C16: from Latin insistere to stand upon, urge, from in- ² + sistere to stand
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Word Origin and History for insisting

insist

v.

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.

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