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persist

[per-sist, -zist] /pərˈsɪst, -ˈzɪst/
verb (used without object)
1.
to continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, course of action, or the like, especially in spite of opposition, remonstrance, etc.:
to persist in working for world peace; to persist in unpopular political activities.
2.
to last or endure tenaciously:
The legend of King Arthur has persisted for nearly fifteen centuries.
3.
to be insistent in a statement, request, question, etc.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin persistere literally, to stand firm permanently, equivalent to per- per- + -sistere, akin to stāre to stand
Related forms
persister, noun
persistingly, adverb
persistive, adjective
persistively, adverb
persistiveness, noun
nonpersisting, adjective
unpersisting, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. See continue. 3. insist.
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persist

/pəˈsɪst/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(often foll by in) to continue steadfastly or obstinately despite opposition or difficulty
2.
to continue to exist or occur without interruption: the rain persisted throughout the night
Derived Forms
persister, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin persistere, from per- (intensive) + sistere to stand steadfast, from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for nonpersisting

persist

v.

1530s, from Middle French persister (14c.), from Latin persistere "abide, continue steadfastly," from per- "thoroughly" (see per) + sistere "come to stand, cause to stand still" (see assist). Related: Persisted; persisting.

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