Definitions for insistɪnˈsɪst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to be emphatic, firm, or resolute; dwell with earnestness or emphasis (usu. fol. by on or upon ):

    to insist on a point; to insist on checking every fact.

  2. (v.t.)to assert or demand firmly or persistently.

Origin of insist:

1580–90; < L insistere to stand still on, persist in =in-in-2+sistere to make stand (akin to stāre to stand )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. insist, take a firm stand(verb)

    be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge

    "I must insist!"

  2. importune, insist(verb)

    beg persistently and urgently

    "I importune you to help them"

  3. insist, assert(verb)

    assert to be true

    "The letter asserts a free society"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. insist(verb)ɪnsˈɪst

    to say repeatedly that you believe or want sth

    I insisted on seeing the doctor.; The company insists that it has done nothing wrong.


  1. insist(Verb)

    (with on or upon) to hold up a claim emphatically.

    The defendant insisted on his innocence.

  2. insist(Verb)

    (with on or upon) to demand continually that something happen or be done.

    The Prime Minister insisted on his Chancellor to resign.

  3. insist(Verb)

    To stand on; to rest upon; to lean upon. Used especially as a technical term in geometry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insist(verb)

    to stand or rest; to find support; -- with in, on, or upon

  2. Insist(verb)

    to take a stand and refuse to give way; to hold to something firmly or determinedly; to be persistent, urgent, or pressing; to persist in demanding; -- followed by on, upon, or that; as, he insisted on these conditions; he insisted on going at once; he insists that he must have money

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'insist' in Verbs Frequency: #311

Anagrams of insist

  1. sit-ins, sits in

  2. Sit-ins

  3. Sits in

Translations for insist

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(with that or on ) to state, emphasize, or hold firmly to (an opinion, plan etc)

He insists that I was to blame for the accident; I insisted on driving him home.

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