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[in-sist] /ɪnˈsɪst/
verb (used without object)
to be emphatic, firm, or resolute on some matter of desire, demand, intention, etc.:
He insists on checking every shipment.
to lay emphasis in assertion:
to insist on the justice of a claim.
to dwell with earnestness or emphasis (usually followed by on or upon):
to insist on a point in a discussion.
verb (used with object)
to assert or maintain firmly:
He insists that he saw the ghosts.
to demand or persist in demanding:
I insist that you see this thing through.
Origin of insist
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)
5. urge, require. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for insisted
  • They were polite, respectful, and insisted on carrying my cameras.
  • The song created uproar among some who insisted that it was blasphemous.
  • She promised that if he sent her and her brother to boarding school, she would stop, but coaches there insisted otherwise.
  • He insisted they would leave together-but only if the salary was renegotiated.
  • Proponents insisted that the insights gained from a fully reconstructed virus would be instrumental in fighting the next pandemic.
  • Yet, one student gazing through the telescope eyepiece stubbornly insisted that he was really looking at the moon.
  • He insisted on the economic effect and importance of this digging.
  • Peal insisted when these characteristics are practiced they improve not only the self but the world at large.
  • It seems to me ironically fitting that the poster would now claim as evidence something he previously insisted never existed.
  • Those supervising the election should have insisted on a birth certificate.
British Dictionary definitions for insisted


to make a determined demand (for): he insisted that his rights be respected, he insisted on his rights
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 insisted



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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