insist

[in-sist]
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)

Synonyms for insist

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Historical Examples of insists

  • He insists, however, that they have been "evolved" from something, or by some unknown process.

  • Some answer or other the mind of man demands and insists on receiving.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude

  • Thrasymachus is pacified, but the intrepid Glaucon insists on continuing the argument.

  • But Theaetetus insists that they shall proceed to consider the doctrine of rest.

  • He only insists that this natural fitness shall be intelligibly explained.


British Dictionary definitions for insists

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 insists

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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