Definition of persist in English:



  • 1 Continue in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

    ‘the minority of drivers who persist in drinking’
    ‘we are persisting with policies that will create jobs for the future’
    • ‘It's like a compelling bad dream whose inscrutable images persist in the traumatised moments after waking.’
    • ‘The European Council encouraged both countries to persist in their efforts.’
    • ‘Should a child persist in opening the belt while the car is in motion, it is advisable to pull over and refasten the buckle.’
    • ‘Pockets of poverty and hardship persist in the town to this day.’
    • ‘Why do they persist in risking their lives in cramped conditions aboard unseaworthy vessels?’
    • ‘Undaunted, Channel 4 is persisting with the idea that you can conjure up magical profits from the frilly sleeves of cyberspace.’
    • ‘I hope some people will persist in the journey to unravelling this mystery.’
    • ‘We are always impressed with artists who persist in making abstract work.’
    • ‘Thousands of people persist in doing food combining diets - it doesn't make it any more scientific, does it?’
    • ‘The main effort should focus on finding a solution to the conflict, rather than persisting with the current situation of conflict management.’
    • ‘They commended him for persisting with the story whilst under pressure from numerous sources.’
    • ‘Whether you're experienced or inexperienced at prayer, just persist in doing it.’
    • ‘Local authorities have the power to evict people who persist in their life of crime and anti-social behaviour.’
    • ‘He retreated to the ground and did not continue to persist in creating hostile assaults.’
    • ‘So why do people persist in making such an inaccurate comparison?’
    • ‘But the BCC and the police are firm about persisting with the system.’
    • ‘Why do film-makers persist in raiding the unfinished work of the greats?’
    • ‘Only an ever-dwindling, anti-social minority still persist in drinking and driving.’
    • ‘It is time we do ask - for so long as we persist in seeing the problem as theirs alone, the solution will elude us.’
    • ‘Picture phone users will be asked to hand in their mobiles at reception, and will even be asked to leave if they persist in using the handsets.’
    persevere, continue, carry on, go on, keep at it, keep on, keep going, keep it up, not give up, be persistent, be determined, follow something through, see something through, show determination, press ahead, press on, plod on, plough on, stay with something, not take no for an answer
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    1. 1.1Continue to exist; be prolonged.
      ‘if the symptoms persist for more than a few days, then contact your doctor’
      • ‘The duration of symptoms is typically seven to 14 days, with symptoms occasionally persisting for months to years.’
      • ‘But distinctly national policies persist and policy coherence remains elusive.’
      • ‘O'Connor said the symptoms usually persist for a few days and then ease up.’
      • ‘All patients were told to see their general practitioner for further treatment if their symptoms persisted.’
      • ‘Avoiding the food is the only way to avoid symptoms while the sensitivity persists.’
      • ‘Then bothersome menopause symptoms may persist, despite a variety of attempted therapies.’
      • ‘After the operation his symptoms persisted and got worse, leaving him in such pain that he had to be prescribed morphine.’
      • ‘If drought persists some limited irrigation may be permitted.’
      • ‘However, I would not have expected the symptoms to persist for over 12 months.’
      • ‘If the symptoms persist, the child may become increasingly tired because of the breathing difficulties.’
      • ‘However, it may be appropriate to talk to a medical practitioner if symptoms persist.’
      • ‘If symptoms persist seek your independent record store for advice.’
      • ‘If the depressive illness had been present, symptoms would have persisted when the applicant was not drinking heavily.’
      • ‘Washing with soap and water is not recommended unless symptoms persist.’
      • ‘These symptoms can persist for up to an hour after each event.’
      • ‘But the bottom line is that as long as questions persist, she will remain caught between two stools.’
      • ‘It says on the packet to consult your doctor if symptoms persist for more than seven days.’
      • ‘Once established, the symptoms of narcolepsy generally persist for life.’
      • ‘His symptoms persisted during this time despite a course of outpatient antibiotics.’
      • ‘If symptoms persist you might consider surgery to remove the scar tissue.’
      continue, hold, carry on, last, keep on, keep up, remain, linger, stay, endure, survive
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Mid 16th century: from Latin persistere, from per- through, steadfastly + sistere to stand.