persist

[per-sist, -zist]
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:
1530–40; < Latin persistere literally, to stand firm permanently, equivalent to per- per- + -sistere, akin to stāre to stand

persister, noun
persistingly, adverb
persistive, adjective
persistively, adverb
persistiveness, noun
nonpersisting, adjective
unpersisting, adjective


1, 2. See continue. 3. insist.
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persist (pəˈsɪst)
 
vb
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
 
[C16: from Latin persistere, from per- (intensive) + sistere to stand steadfast, from stāre to stand]
 
per'sister
 
n

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persist
1530s, from M.Fr. persister (14c.), from L. persistere "continue steadfastly," from per- "thoroughly" + sistere "come to stand, cause to stand still" (see assist).
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Example sentences
Access may be expanded even as stratification persists.
Faculty members want to know that there will be intervention if the problem
  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.
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