Definitions for: Insist


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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
money.

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.

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

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