Definition of Insist

1. Verb. Be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge. "I must insist!"

Exact synonyms: Take A Firm Stand
Specialized synonyms: Hold Firm, Stand Fast, Stand Firm, Stand Pat, Assert, Asseverate, Maintain
Derivative terms: Insistence



2. Verb. Beg persistently and urgently. "They insist to move "; "I importune you to help them"
Exact synonyms: Importune
Generic synonyms: Beg, Implore, Pray
Specialized synonyms: Besiege
Derivative terms: Insistence, Insisting

3. Verb. Assert to be true. "They insist that there was a traffic accident "; "The letter asserts a free society"
Exact synonyms: Assert
Generic synonyms: Posit, Postulate
Derivative terms: Assertable, Assertion

Definition of Insist

1. v. i. To stand or rest; to find support; -- with in, on, or upon.

Definition of Insist

1. Verb. (''with'' on ''or'' upon) to hold up a claim emphatically. ¹

2. Verb. (''with'' on ''or'' upon) to demand continually that something happen or be done. ¹

3. Verb. (obsolete) To stand ''on''; to rest ''upon''; to lean ''upon''. Used especially as a technical term in geometry. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Insist

1. to be resolute on some matter [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Insist

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Literary usage of Insist

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1904)
"They insist upon quality rather than quantity. They insist that the problems shall be largely concrete and shall be worked out to an accurate numerical ..."

2. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain (2001)
"‘-I; “Prithee, insist not, my lord; it is not meet that they sit in thy presence.” The lord St. John was announced, and after making obeisance to Tom, ..."

3. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1844)
"SPECIFIC performance decreed: the abstract, though delivered very late, and under a lini ire, that the vendee would insist on his deposit, ..."

4. English Literature: An Illustrated Record by Richard Garnett, Edmund Gosse (1905)
"Nicholas would insist upon carrying the basket, ... would insist upon carrying it herself, which gave rise to a struggle, in which Nicholas captured the ..."

5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"On the other hand, in proportion as the members refuse submission to this ruling authority they become disunited and, if the insub- not1 insist that tie ..."

6. Journal: 1st-13th Congress . Repr. 14th Congress, 1st Session by United States Congress. House (1843)
"Resolved, That this House doth insist on its disagreement to the amendment of the Sentate to the said bill, and agree to the conference prop- ed by the ..."

7. The Lancet (1842)
"DEFENCE OF THE PAYMENT FOR MEDICAL REPLIES BY THE LIFE- ASSURANCE COMPANIES, the assurance companies so pertinaciously insist on having a report from the ..."

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