Persist meaning

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To hold firmly and steadfastly to a purpose, state, or undertaking despite obstacles, warnings, or setbacks.
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To refuse to give up, esp. when faced with opposition or difficulty; continue firmly or steadily.
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Persist is defined as to refuse to give up or to continue to repeat an action.

An example of persist is a baby getting up after falling down over and over again.

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To continue in existence; last.

Hostilities that have persisted for years.

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To be obstinately repetitious, insistent, or tenacious.
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(intransitive) To go on stubbornly or resolutely.
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(intransitive) To repeat an utterance.
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(intransitive) To continue to exist.
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(computing) To cause to persist; make permanent.
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To continue to exist or prevail; endure; remain.
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To continue insistently, as in repeating a question.
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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