from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To be firm in a demand or course; refuse to yield: insisted on giving me a second helping.
- transitive v. To assert or demand (something) vehemently and persistently: We insist that you accept these gifts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To hold up a claim emphatically.
- v. To demand continually that something happen or be done.
- v. To stand on; to rest upon; to lean upon. Used especially as a technical term in geometry.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To stand or rest; to find support; -- with in, on, or upon.
- intransitive v. To take a stand and refuse to give way; to hold to something firmly or determinedly; to be persistent, urgent, or pressing; to persist in demanding; -- followed by on, upon, or that
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stand or rest; find support: with on or upon.
- To rest, dwell, or dilate earnestly or repeatedly; urge: with on or upon: as, I must insist upon your coming.
- To assert or argue emphatically; express a desire or a belief with urgency or persistence.
- To be urgent in action; proceed persistently; persevere.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge
- v. beg persistently and urgently
- v. assert to be true
Latin īnsistere, to persist : in-, on; see in-2 + sistere, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)