American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To be obstinately repetitious, insistent, or tenacious.
- v. To hold firmly and steadfastly to a purpose, state, or undertaking despite obstacles, warnings, or setbacks.
- v. To continue in existence; last: hostilities that have persisted for years.
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.
- v. intransitive To go on stubbornly or resolutely.
- v. intransitive To repeat an utterance.
- v. intransitive To continue to exist.
- v. computing, transitive To cause to persist; make permanent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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)
“If Harris or Elliston persist, after the remonstrance which I desired you and Mr. Kinnaird to make on my behalf, and which I hope will be sufficient -- but _if_, I say, they _do persist_, then I pray you to _present in person_ the enclosed letter to the Lord”
“In some people, fairly large percentages of fetal hemoglobin persist into adulthood.”
“But the idea that we can afford to let this downward spiral persist is a big fat “No Way JosÃ©.””
“Of course, the primary reason for why conspiracy theories persist is simple human nature.”
“And a key reason some minority college students don't persist is because "they're simply running out of money.”
“What does persist is the belief that Israel is basically a proxy for the United States, that Israel's power is a direct product of American power.”
“Such is the manner wherein persist these poor little bodies:”
“There must really be some more substantial difference than this between classic and romantic, for the terms persist and are found useful.”
“Spanish austerity measures * Euro loses bid as doubts on long term persist *”
“It may be that Terence's suggested application can have a single title persist over multiple slides and transitions.”
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