English edit

Etymology edit

Partly from Middle French insister, from Latin īnsistere; and partly from a back-formation from insistence.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈsɪst/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪst
  • Hyphenation: in‧sist
  • Homophone: encyst

Verb edit

insist (third-person singular simple present insists, present participle insisting, simple past and past participle insisted)

  1. (with on or upon or (that + indicative)) To hold up a claim emphatically.
    The defendant insisted on his innocence.
    I insist that my secretary dresses nicely.
    (that is, I am defending her and claiming that she does; compare the subjunctive below.)
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter V, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
      But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, [] . We began to tell her about Mohair and the cotillon, and of our point of observation from the Florentine galleried porch, and she insisted she would join us there.
    • 2013 June 22, “Engineers of a different kind”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 70:
      Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers. Piling debt onto companies’ balance-sheets is only a small part of what leveraged buy-outs are about, they insist. Improving the workings of the businesses they take over is just as core to their calling, if not more so. Much of their pleading is public-relations bluster.
  2. (sometimes with on or upon or (that + subjunctive)) To demand continually that something happen or be done; to reiterate a demand despite requests to abandon it.
    The Prime Minister insisted on his Chancellor's resignation.
    The Prime Minister insisted that his Chancellor resign.
    I insist that my secretary dress nicely.
    (that is, I require her to do so; compare the use of the indicative above.)
    I know I promised to pay you back tomorrow, but it's not very convenient for me. Can we put it off to Friday? —I'm afraid I have to insist on what we agreed.
  3. (obsolete, chiefly geometry) To stand (on); to rest (upon); to lean (upon).
    • 1709, Venturus Mandey, Synopsis Mathematica Universalis:
      Angles likewise which insist on the Diameter, are all Right Angles.

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