March 09, 2019
persist (verb)
\per-SIST\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to continue to do something in spite of opposition, warnings, or pleas : persevere2 : to last on and on : continue to exist
How do you use it?
"He was like a big bear raiding a bee-hive and, regardless of the stings, he obstinately persisted in pawing for the honey." (Jack London, _Burning Daylight_)
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"Persist," "continue," "last," and "endure" all mean to exist over a period of time or indefinitely. "Persist" suggests continuing or pursuing something with determination or stubbornness, as in "she persisted in her efforts to change their minds." "Continue" suggests going on or remaining without stopping or ending, as in "construction on the new gymnasium will continue for several months." "Last" stresses existing beyond what is normal or expected, as in "these shoes should last a long time." "Endure" suggests continuing or remaining despite destructive forces, as in "their friendship has endured despite their differences."
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