What does insist mean?

Definitions for insist
ɪnˈsɪstin·sist

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. insist, take a firm standverb

    be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge

    "I must insist!"

  2. importune, insistverb

    beg persistently and urgently

    "I importune you to help them"

  3. insist, assertverb

    assert to be true

    "The letter asserts a free society"

Wiktionary

  1. insistverb

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

    The defendant insisted on his innocence.

  2. insistverb

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

    The Prime Minister insisted on his Chancellor to resign.

  3. insistverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To INSISTverb

    Etymology: insister, French; insisto, Latin.

    The combs being double, the cells on each side the partition are so ordered, that the angles on one side insist upon the centers of the bottom of the cells on the other side. John Ray.

    Upon such large terms, and so absolute,
    As our conditions shall insist upon,
    Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains. William Shakespeare.

    Were there no other act of hostility but that which we have hitherto insisted on, the intercepting of her supplies were irreparably injurious to her. Decay of Piety.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insistverb

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

  2. Insistverb

    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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Insist

    in-sist′, v.i. to dwell on emphatically in discourse: to persist in pressing: (Milt.) to persevere.—n. Insist′ence, perseverance in pressing any claim, grievance, &c.: pertinacity.—adj. Insist′ent, urgent: prominent: upright on end.—adv. Insist′ently.—n. Insist′ure, persistence: (Shak.) constancy. [Fr.,—L. insistĕre, in, upon, sistĕre, to stand.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for insist »

  1. sit-ins

  2. sits in

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of insist in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of insist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of insist in a Sentence

  1. President Alexander Lukashenko:

    If the partners which we're in dialogue with try to insist that we have to choose between Russia, Poland or the EU, we don't want to be put in this position.

  2. Daniel Scioli:

    You insist on debating with a government that is on its way out on Dec. 10.

  3. Brigid Brophy:

    I refuse to consign the whole male sex to the nursery. I insist on believing that some men are my equals.

  4. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.:

    Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information.

  5. Danielle Weston:

    I believe the board has failed to find common ground to improve educational outcomes for our 47,000 precious students, instead, the Round Rock ISD board majority continues to insist on doubling down on too many bad decisions to count.

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