perseverate[pər sev′ər āt′]
intransitive verbper·sev·er·at·ed, per·sev·er·at·ing, per·sev·er·ates Psychology
Origin of perseverateBack-formation from perseveration.
(third-person singular simple present perseverates, present participle perseverating, simple past and past participle perseverated)
- describing the behavior, generally displayed by those with various developmental disabilities, of extraordinary, exclusive and lasting obsession to a detail or occurrence others consider minor.
- to repeat or continue a pattern.
Specialized word derived from persevere +â€Ž -ate.