AskDefine | Define insist

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1 be insistent and refuse to budge; "I must insist!" [syn: take a firm stand]
2 beg persistently and urgently; "I importune you to help them" [syn: importune]
3 assert to be true; "The letter asserts a free society" [syn: assert]

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  1. (with on or upon) to hold up a claim emphatically.
    The defendant insisted on his innocence.
  2. (with on or upon) to demand continually that something happen or be done.
    The Prime Minister insisted on his Chancellor to resign.


to hold up a claim emphatically
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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