Definition of insist in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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'.
consist from (Late Middle English):
Fron Latin consistere ‘stand firm or still, exist’, sistere ‘set, stand (still), stop’, also the source of assist (Late Middle English) originally ‘take your stand’; desist (Late Middle English) ‘stand down, stop’; exist (early 17th century) ‘come into being’, literally ‘stand out’; insist (late 16th century) ‘stand upon [an argument]’; and resist (Late Middle English) ‘stand back or against’.
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