- 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.
Origin: MFr 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
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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