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verb [intransitive/transitive] insist pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈsɪst/
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present tense
present participleinsisting
past tenseinsisted
past participleinsisted
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  1. 1
    to say very firmly that something must happen or must be done
    You must see a doctor immediately – I insist.
    insist (that): She insisted that we stay at her house instead of a hotel.
    insist on: Some companies insist on staff undergoing regular medical checks.
  2. 2
    to keep saying very firmly that something is true, even when other people will not believe you
    insist (that): The school insists that it is doing everything it can to cooperate.
    insist on: He has insisted on his innocence from the beginning.


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