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Definition of 'persist'


  1. continue to exist; "These stories die hard"; "The legend of Elvis endures"
       Synonyms: prevail die hard run endure
  2. be persistent, refuse to stop; "he persisted to call me every night"; "The child persisted and kept asking questions"
       Synonyms: persevere hang in hang on hold on
  3. stay behind; "The smell stayed in the room"; "The hostility remained long after they made up"
       Synonyms: remain stay

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