from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To be obstinately repetitious, insistent, or tenacious.
- intransitive v. To hold firmly and steadfastly to a purpose, state, or undertaking despite obstacles, warnings, or setbacks.
- intransitive v. To continue in existence; last: hostilities that have persisted for years.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To go on stubbornly or resolutely.
- v. To repeat an utterance.
- v. To continue to exist.
- v. To cause to persist; make permanent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To stand firm; to be fixed and unmoved; to stay; to continue steadfastly; especially, to continue fixed in a course of conduct against opposing motives; to persevere; -- sometimes conveying an unfavorable notion, as of doggedness or obstinacy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To continue steadily and firmly in some state, course of action, or pursuit, especially in spite of opposition, remonstrance, etc.; persevere, especially with some degree of obstinacy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. stay behind
- v. continue to exist
- v. be persistent, refuse to stop
Latin persistere : per-, per- + sistere, to stand.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)