Persist Definition

pər-sĭst
persisted, persists
verb
persisted, persists
To be obstinately repetitious, insistent, or tenacious.
American Heritage
To refuse to give up, esp. when faced with opposition or difficulty; continue firmly or steadily.
Webster's New World
To continue insistently, as in repeating a question.
Webster's New World
To hold firmly and steadfastly to a purpose, state, or undertaking despite obstacles, warnings, or setbacks.
American Heritage
To continue to exist or prevail; endure; remain.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Persist

  • Latin persistere per- per- sistere to stand stā- in Indo-European roots

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

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