verb (used without object)
to be emphatic, firm, or resolute on some matter of desire, demand, intention, etc.: He insists on checking every shipment.
to lay emphasis in assertion: to insist on the justice of a claim.
to dwell with earnestness or emphasis (usually followed by on or upon): to insist on a point in a discussion.
verb (used with object)
to assert or maintain firmly: He insists that he saw the ghosts.
to demand or persist in demanding: I insist that you see this thing through.
Origin of insist
Synonyms for insist
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to make a determined demand (for)he insisted that his rights be respected; he insisted on his rights
to express a convinced belief (in) or assertion (of)he insisted that she was mad; he insisted on her madness
Word Origin for insist
C16: from Latin insistere to stand upon, urge, from in- ² + sistere to stand
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