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Meaning of INSIST

Pronunciation:  in'sist

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  assert to be true; "The letter asserts a free society"
  2. [v]  beg persistently and urgently; "I importune you to help them"
  3. [v]  be insistent and refuse to budge; "I must insist!"

INSIST is a 6 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: assert, importune, take a firm stand
 See Also: assert, asseverate, beg, besiege, hold firm, implore, maintain, posit, postulate, pray, stand fast, stand firm, stand pat



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*sist"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Insisted}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Insisting}.] [F. insister, L. insistere to set foot upon,
follow, persist; pref. in- in + sistere to stand, cause to
stand. See {Stand}.]
1. To stand or rest; to find support; -- with in, on, or
   upon. [R.] --Ray.

2. To take a stand and refuse to give way; to hold to
   something firmly or determinedly; to be persistent,
   urgent, or pressing; to persist in demanding; -- followed
   by on, upon, or that; as, he insisted on these conditions;
   he insisted on going at once; he insists that he must have

         Insisting on the old prerogative.     --Shak.

         Without further insisting on the different tempers
         of Juvenal and Horace.                --Dryden.

Syn: {Insist}, {Persist}.

Usage: Insist implies some alleged right, as authority or
       claim. Persist may be from obstinacy alone, and either
       with or against rights. We insist as against others;
       we persist in what exclusively relates to ourselves;
       as, he persisted in that course; he insisted on his
       friend's adopting it. --C. J. Smith.

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