verb (used without object)
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.
to last or endure tenaciously:
The legend of King Arthur has persisted for nearly fifteen centuries.
to be insistent in a statement, request, question, etc.
literally, to stand firm permanently, equivalent to
often foll by
) to continue steadfastly or obstinately despite opposition or difficulty
to continue to exist or occur without interruption:
the rain persisted throughout the night
[C16: from Latin
to stand steadfast, from
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Access may be expanded even as stratification persists.
Faculty members want to know that there will be intervention if the problem persists.
However, their biggest threat-loss of wetlands-persists.
The natural world persists in abundance, while thousands of our own are dying.
But the longer it persists, the more devastating will be the ultimate collapse.
Yet the widespread belief persists that next time will be different.
Sault knows nothing about about power systems yet persists in his ignorant spew.
The maser oscillation persists as long as the hydrogen is fed into the system.
The property of having a dimension persists throughout all such subdivisions in the finite realm.
Until the past decade, experimentalists had not confirmed that quantum behavior persists on a macroscopic scale.
When a mutation produces a feature that is advantageous that organism survives and thrives, and it's kind persists.
It not only arises but also persists as a function of a situation of loss.
So the desire to improve technology for looking up close and early persists.
These factors may also have planted the seeds of a complicated, disquieting side of him that persists to this day.
Since the virulence persists under these conditions it can only be due to the germ corpuscles-the only thing present.
If the pain persists, doctors may opt to inject the thumb area with a cortisone shot.
The irony is that this dearth of data persists even as autism receives an avalanche of attention.
Carotene, a more stable compound than chlorophyll, persists in leaves even after all the chlorophyll is gone.
Note that construction persists to convert much of the highway from two lanes to four lanes, which may cause delays on the road.
The crisis persists because shoppers are becoming more and more complicated.
It is only if the punk later persists, or challenges you directly, that you have to resort to more drastic measures.
It also persists because of war, or preparations for it.
Reducing the proportion of the rich may be a pyrrhic victory if poverty persists.
If the regime persists in this thuggery, it can expect to pay a heavy price.
Eventually the headache simply persists and medications are no longer effective.
It is our duty as global citizens to ask why this dilemma persists, and how it can be remedied.
Realism, insofar as it persists in art, remains a curious if adorable anachronism.
Throughout much of the performance an awkward tension persists between speech and movement.
Even as payments become increasingly electronic, the need for paper checks persists.
But if this cost penalty persists, any bailout will only delay the inevitable.
Chronic pain is any pain that persists beyond the usual healing period.
With so little clarity and so much overlapping authority, it is little wonder that conflict persists.
Counterfeiting persists despite official efforts to stamp it out it.
But that becomes harder if it persists and raises expectations of future inflation.
The longer the economic divergence within the euro area persists, the more profound its political consequences.
Average percentage yields from rented properties are still in the high single digits, so demand persists.
All this is difficult in countries with unstable politics and weak health systems, which is precisely where polio persists.
But because the notion of the collective persists, the system is wide open to abuses.
If high unemployment nonetheless persists, then we're back to the rather substantial demand-side problem.
As long as deflation persists, the real debt burden will rise.
It is interesting how the myth that airships are somehow more fuel efficient than heavier than air machines persists.
The consequences can be dire as such pollution of brick making persists.
Outside the higher income brackets, a gender poverty gap persists.
It persists in much of its original range and populations are healthy.
Ambiguity that persists between observable and nonobservable terms.