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verb [intransitive] persist pronunciation in American English /pərˈsɪst/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepersisting
past tensepersisted
past participlepersisted
  1. 1
    to continue to do or say something in a determined way
    “But why?” he persisted.
    persist with: They are determined to persist with their campaign.
    persist in doing something: Why do you persist in denying that it was your fault?
    persist in: She persisted in her refusal to pay.
  2. 2
    to continue to exist
    Call your doctor if the symptoms persist for more than three days.


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