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verb [intransitive/transitive]     insist pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleinsisting
past tenseinsisted
past participleinsisted
  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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