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insist

[in-sist] /ɪnˈsɪst/
verb (used without object)
1.
to be emphatic, firm, or resolute on some matter of desire, demand, intention, etc.:
He insists on checking every shipment.
2.
to lay emphasis in assertion:
to insist on the justice of a claim.
3.
to dwell with earnestness or emphasis (usually followed by on or upon):
to insist on a point in a discussion.
verb (used with object)
4.
to assert or maintain firmly:
He insists that he saw the ghosts.
5.
to demand or persist in demanding:
I insist that you see this thing through.
Origin of insist
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin insistere to stand still on, persist in, equivalent to in- in-2 + sistere to stand, make stand, reduplicated derivative from base of stāre to stand
Related forms
insister, noun
insistingly, adverb
overinsist, verb (used without object)
reinsist, verb (used without object)
superinsist, verb (used without object)
Synonyms
5. urge, require.
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  • Indeed, I must insist on my dahlias, if I am to preserve the garden at all.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • The Sphinx is a woman, as I will insist to my dying day, if it were my last word!

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • “Very well; we will walk, then, if you insist upon it,” laughed Paul.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • The Thought had been wise not to insist too much on recognition.

  • She wanted to insist on Florence accompanying her at once to the Court.

    The Time of Roses L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for insist

insist

/ɪnˈsɪst/
verb
1.
to make a determined demand (for): he insisted that his rights be respected, he insisted on his rights
2.
to express a convinced belief (in) or assertion (of): he insisted that she was mad, he insisted on her madness
Derived Forms
insister, noun
insistingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin insistere to stand upon, urge, from in-² + sistere to stand
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Word Origin and History for insist
v.

1580s, from Latin insistere "persist, dwell upon, stand upon," from in- "upon" (see in- (2)) + sistere "take a stand" (see assist). Perhaps in some cases a back-formation from insistence. Related: Insisted; insisting.

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