[ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for perseverate



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper