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Meaning of PERSIST

Pronunciation:  pur'sist

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  be persistent, refuse to stop; "he persisted to call me every night"; "The child persisted and kept asking questions"
  2. [v]  continue to exist; "These stories die hard"; "The legend of Elvis endures"
  3. [v]  stay behind; "The smell stayed in the room"; "The hostility remained long after they made up"

PERSIST is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: die hard, endure, hang in, hang on, hold on, persevere, prevail, remain, run, stay
 See Also: ask for it, ask for trouble, bear on, carry on, carry over, continue, continue, follow, linger, obstinate, plug, plug away, preserve, reverberate, stick to, stick with, uphold



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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 continue
steadfastly; especially, to continue fixed in a course of
conduct against opposing motives; to persevere; -- sometimes
conveying an unfavorable notion, as of doggedness or

      If they persist in pointing their batteries against
      particular persons, no laws of war forbid the making
      reprisals.                               --Addison.

      Some positive, persisting fops we know, Who, if once
      wrong, will needs be always so.          --Pope.

      That face persists. It floats up; it turns over in my
      mind.                                    --Mrs.

Syn: See {Persevere}, and {Insist}.

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