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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.
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 insists
  • If she insists on your coming in, you should stay only a moment.
  • And an occasional hostess insists on having the chair of the guest of honor held by the butler instead of her own.
  • It has been approved by a government who insists this is the solution to the energy needs of the country.
  • The industry insists that it is trustworthy and can manage all conceivable risks.
  • She also insists her new eating habits are better for the environment.
  • The materialist insists that the path ends with physics.
  • My problem is that my advisor insists upon adding a negative line in my recommendation letter about my lack of success.
  • After several visits she insists that she will not allow the paintings in her possession be shown because they are graven images.
  • She insists she was never personally involved in violent actions during her militant days.
  • Salomon insists that the transactions had nothing to do with each other-that there was quid and quo, but nary a pro in between.
British Dictionary definitions for insists


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 insists



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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