Insist meaning

ĭn-sĭst
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.

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To assert or demand (something) firmly or persistently.

We insist that you stay for dinner.

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To demand strongly.
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To be resolute or firm in a demand or course.

I insist on paying my share of the expenses.

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(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.

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To declare firmly or persistently.
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(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.)

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To take and maintain a stand or make a firm demand.
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Origin of insist

  • Latin īnsistere to persist in- on in–2 sistere to stand stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French insister, from Latin insistere

    From Wiktionary