to continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, course of action, or the like, especially in spite of opposition, remonstrance, etc.: to persist in working for world peace;to persist in unpopular political activities.
to last or endure tenaciously: The legend of King Arthur has persisted for nearly fifteen centuries.
to be insistent in a statement, request, question, etc.
Computers. to cause (a record, configuration, value, etc.) to be written to permanent storage by the scripted process that created it, so that it continues to exist in the same state after the script has finished running.
- per·sist·er, noun
- per·sist·ing·ly, adverb
- per·sis·tive, adjective
- per·sis·tive·ly, adverb
- per·sis·tive·ness, noun
- non·per·sist·ing, adjective
- un·per·sist·ing, adjective
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How to use persist in a sentence
She found that even after considering geographic and demographic factors, the “Rush Limbaugh effect” persists.Political rhetoric may impact your hurricane preparedness | Ula Chrobak | September 11, 2020 | Popular-Science
Ultimately they discovered that the turbulent patch persisted as long as the barrage kept coming.An Unexpected Twist Lights Up the Secrets of Turbulence | David H. Freedman | September 3, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
A blunted stress response persisted into middle childhood, even after an average of seven to eight years in a household with healthy caregiving.Puberty can repair the brain’s stress responses after hardship early in life | Esther Landhuis | August 28, 2020 | Science News
This allows stable patterns of useful behavior to emerge and persist.No, Animals Do Not Have Genders - Facts So Romantic | Cailin O'Connor | August 26, 2020 | Nautilus
That’s the paperwork used to report interest income — and serves as a sign that low interest rates could persist.The U.S. economy is shedding over 1 million jobs per week. They won’t come back for years, the IRS says | Bernhard Warner | August 21, 2020 | Fortune
While violent offenses are dramatically down in Bed Stuy, pockets of violence persist here.
In Sierra Leone, the WHO report reads, “steep increases persist.”Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families | Abby Haglage | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“That said, underneath the surface differences in threat perception and how to deal with Russia persist,” he says.Shocked by Ukraine Violence, NATO Prepares to Face Down Putin | Leo Cendrowicz | October 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And yet the real battle might be an even harder one: against the attitudes that allow all this to persist in 21st-Century India.Kailash Satyarthi, Malala's Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner, Is Fighting India's Child Slavery Epidemic | Dilip D’Souza | October 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He went on to predict that Hong Kong will see “economic chaos” should the protests persist.
This fact worried him considerably, and made him persist in his own mind that the company would accept it.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
Typhoid bacilli have been known to persist for months and even years after the attack.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
This habit of scribble may persist after a child attempts a linear description of the parts of an object.Children's Ways | James Sully
Doubtless Schopenhauer was right: it is merely the furious determination of the race to persist.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
I suppose you will repent, and seek forgiveness for your sins, Worse; or will you persist in putting it off?Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
British Dictionary definitions for persist
(often foll by in) to continue steadfastly or obstinately despite opposition or difficulty
to continue to exist or occur without interruption: the rain persisted throughout the night
- persister, noun
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