Definitions for: Persist


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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
obstinacy.

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.
Browning.

Syn: See Persevere, and Insist.

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

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