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persist (v.)

"continue steadily and firmly in some state or course of action," especially in spite of opposition or remonstrance; "persevere obstinately," 1530s, from French persister (14c.), from Latin persistere "abide, continue steadfastly," from per "thoroughly" (from PIE root *per- (1) "forward," hence "through") + sistere "come to stand, cause to stand still" (from PIE *si-st-, reduplicated form of root *sta- "to stand, make or be firm"). Related: Persisted; persisting.

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Definitions of persist

persist (v.)
continue to exist;
Synonyms: prevail / die hard / run / endure
persist (v.)
be persistent, refuse to stop;
he persisted to call me every night
The child persisted and kept asking questions
Synonyms: persevere / hang in / hang on / hold on
persist (v.)
stay behind;
Synonyms: remain / stay
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