Insist Definition

insisted, insisting, insists
insisted, insisting, insists
To take and maintain a stand or make a firm demand.
Webster's New World
To demand strongly.
Webster's New World
To declare firmly or persistently.
Webster's New World

(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.

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

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