verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of insist
Examples from the Web for insists
Any plans to grow her exercise movement must, she insists, remain “completely organic.”How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Denied parole nine straight times, he insists he is innocent of the crime for which he was convicted.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A fire that he insists is only picking up pace, according to top-secret intelligence briefings.
She insists, however, that she considers herself separate from victims of chronic abuse.
She must leave the banlieue, just as she insists to the school counselor, that she must go to high school.
You may find that she insists on her cold tub every morning, and is scandalised by your offer of hot water in it.Home Life in Germany|Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
She insists that we hold our council there, in her presence.The Last Stroke|Lawrence L. Lynch
Nimrod, who is deemed perfectly competent authority, insists on its use with fast roadsters and coach-horses.Domestic Animals|Richard L. Allen
He insists, however, that they have been "evolved" from something, or by some unknown process.Life: Its True Genesis|R. W. Wright
If I am not satisfied, she insists on my fighting you; and if I am, she is determined to make Mrs. Lynx beg her pardon.Married Life|John Baldwin Buckstone
Word Origin 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.