- 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.
to take and maintain a stand or make a firm demand: often with on or upon
Origin of insistMiddle French insister ; from Classical Latin insistere, to stand on, pursue diligently, persist ; from in-, in, on + sistere, to stand, reduplicated, reduplication of stare, stand
- to demand strongly
- to declare firmly or persistently
verbin·sist·ed, in·sist·ing, in·sists
To be resolute or firm in a demand or course: I insist on paying my share of the expenses.
To assert or demand (something) firmly or persistently: We insist that you stay for dinner.
Origin of insistLatin īnsistere, to persist : in-, on; see in–2 + sistere, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- in·sis′tence, in·sis′ten·cy
(third-person singular simple present insists, present participle insisting, simple past and past participle insisted)
- (with on or upon or (that + ordinary verb form)) To hold up a claim emphatically.
- The defendant insisted on his innocence.
- I insist that my secretary dresses nicely. (I am defending her; see a similar example in the context below for comparison.)
- (sometimes with on or upon or (that + subjunctive)) To demand continually that something happen or be done.
- The Prime Minister insisted on his Chancellor's resignation.
- The Prime Minister insisted that his Chancellor resign.
- I insist that my secretary dress nicely.