- To insist is to demand something without wavering, to continue on a course no matter what the objections are or to make a statement and continue to assert its truth.
- An example of insist is when you demand a new plate of eggs and won't take no for an answer.
- An example of insist is when you follow through with your plan to go on a picnic, even when it is raining.
- An example of insist is when you say you feel fine and keep saying it over and over without waivering, even when people question you or doubt the truth.
insist definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle French insister ; from Classical Latin insistere, to stand on, pursue diligently, persist ; from in-, in, on plush sistere, to stand, reduplicated, reduplication of stare, stand
- to demand strongly
- to declare firmly or persistently
insist definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb in·sist·ed, in·sist·ing, in·sists verb, intransitive
Origin: Latin īnsistere, to persist : in-, on; see in-2 + sistere, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- in·sisˈtence, in·sisˈten·cy noun
- in·sistˈer noun
- in·sistˈing·ly adverb