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verb [intransitive] persist pronunciation in British English /pə(r)ˈsɪst/
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:

    She persisted in her refusal to pay.

    persist in doing something:

    Why do you persist in denying that it was your fault?

  2. 2
    to continue to exist

    Call your doctor if the symptoms persist for more than three days.


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