- 1Demand something forcefully, not accepting refusal: she insisted on carrying her own bag [with clause]: he insisted that she cameMore example sentences
stand firm, be firm, stand one's ground, make a stand, stand up for oneself, be resolute, be determined, show determination, hold on, hold out, be emphatic, not take no for an answer, brook no refusal; persevere, persist, not give up, keep on at someone• informal stick to one's guns, stick it out, hang in there
- Downing Street demanded a replacement, insisting that the Prime Minister would only be interviewed by a man.
- No one can demand a dialogue and insist only on being heard, as is happening today.
- Oxford University insist that students are accepted solely on the basis of ability.
- 1.1 (insist on) Demand forcefully to have (something): he insisted on answers to his allegationsMore example sentences
- Sitting in a position that finally demands respect, Shylock insists on his pound of flesh.
- Are we prepared to insist on our independence and demand to be treated by America as a friend, not a slave?
- Soldiers at the border will demand a bribe and insist on payment before allowing the truck to go through.
- 1.2 (insist on) Persist in (doing something): the heavy studded boots she insisted on wearingMore example sentences
- The author of this movie review clearly did not enjoy the movie and insists in putting it down.
- The press doggedly insists on telling us how many soldiers have died since May 1st.
- It will claim he was difficult to work with, insisting on micro-managing the project.
- 1.3 [reporting verb] State positively and assertively: [with clause]: the chairman insisted that all was not doom and gloom [with direct speech]: ‘I really am all right now,’ Isabel insistedMore example sentences
- The groups then fell to arguing amongst themselves each insisting its definition was correct and all the others were wrong.
- Labour politicians who accept hospitality and sponsorship insist they can't be bought.
- He accepts she visited his coffee bar but insists she never identified herself to him while in Cambodia.
late 16th century (in the sense 'persist, persevere'): from Latin insistere 'persist', from in- 'upon' + sistere 'stand'.