Definition of


  1. (verb, cognition) assert to be true
  2. (verb, communication) beg persistently and urgently
  3. (verb, communication) be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge

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Synonyms of Insist

assert, importune, take a firm stand

Alternate forms of Insist

Derivations: insistence, insisting

Hyponyms: assert, asseverate, besiege, hold firm, maintain, stand fast, stand firm, stand pat

Hypernyms: beg, implore, posit, postulate, pray

Origin of the word Insist

  1. 1586, from L. insistere "persist, dwell upon, stand upon," from in- "upon" + sistere "take a stand" (see assist). Insistence is attested from 1436. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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