- to repeat something insistently or redundantly: to perseverate in reminding children of their responsibilities.
Origin of perseverate
First recorded in 1910–15; back formation from perseveration
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Related Words for perseveratepersevere, recur, linger, pursue, remain, continue, endure, prevail, repeat, last, obtain, abide, grind, insist, strive, perseverate, reiterate, backtrack, recall, recollect
1915, in psychology, a back-formation from perseveration. Related: Perseverating; perseverative.
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