perseverate

[ per-sev-uh-reyt ]
/ pərˈsɛv əˌreɪt /

verb (used without object), per·sev·er·at·ed, per·sev·er·at·ing.

to repeat something insistently or redundantly: to perseverate in reminding children of their responsibilities.

Nearby words

  1. perses,
  2. perseus,
  3. perseus cluster,
  4. perseverance,
  5. perseverant,
  6. perseveration,
  7. persevere,
  8. persevering,
  9. pershing,
  10. pershing ii

Origin of perseverate

First recorded in 1910–15; back formation from perseveration

Related formsper·sev·er·a·tive, adjective

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Word Origin and History for perseverate

perseverate

v.

1915, in psychology, a back-formation from perseveration. Related: Perseverating; perseverative.

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