intransitive verb Etymology: Middle French persister, from Latin persistere, from per- + sistere to take a stand, stand firm; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand Date: 1538 1. to go on resolutely or stubbornly in spite of opposition, importunity, or warning 2. obsolete to remain unchanged or fixed in a specified character, condition, or position 3. to be insistent in the repetition or pressing of an utterance (as a question or an opinion) 4. to continue to exist especially past a usual, expected, or normal time Synonyms: see continuepersister noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Persist — Per*sist , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Persisted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Persisting}.] [L. persistere; per + sistere to stand or be fixed, fr. stare to stand: cf. F. persister. See {Per }, and {Stand}.] To stand firm; to be fixed and unmoved; to stay; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • persist — I verb abide, be determined, be obstinate, be resolute, be steadfast, be steady, be tenacious, be unyielding, bide, carry on, cling to, continue, drag on, endure, go forward, go on, hold fast, hold on, hold out, insist, keep at, keep on, last,… …   Law dictionary

  • persist — 1530s, from M.Fr. persister (14c.), from L. persistere continue steadfastly, from per thoroughly + sistere come to stand, cause to stand still (see ASSIST (Cf. assist)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • persist — 1 *persevere Antonyms: desist Contrasted words: discontinue, cease, *stop, quit 2 *continue, last, endure, abide Antonyms: desist Contrasted words: *stop, cease, discont …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • persist — [pər sist′, pərzist′] vi. [MFr persister < L persistere < per, through + sistere, to cause to stand, redupl. of base of stare, to STAND] 1. to refuse to give up, esp. when faced with opposition or difficulty; continue firmly or steadily 2.… …   English World dictionary

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  • persist */*/ — UK [pə(r)ˈsɪst] / US [pərˈsɪst] verb [intransitive] Word forms persist : present tense I/you/we/they persist he/she/it persists present participle persisting past tense persisted past participle persisted 1) to continue to do or say something in… …   English dictionary

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  • persist — per|sist [ pər sıst ] verb intransitive ** 1. ) to continue to do or say something in a determined way: But why? he persisted. persist with: They are determined to persist with their campaign. persist in doing something: Why do you persist in… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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