[ 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.
persevere, recur, linger, pursue, remain, continue, endure, prevail, repeat, last, obtain, abide, grind, insist, strive, reiterate, backtrack, recall, recollect, reminisce
- perseus cluster,
- pershing ii
Origin of perseverate
First recorded in 1910–15; back formation from perseveration
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1915, in psychology, a back-formation from perseveration. Related: Perseverating; perseverative.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper