v. in·sist·ed, in·sist·ing, in·sists
To be resolute or firm in a demand or course: I insist on paying my share of the expenses.
To assert or demand (something) firmly or persistently: We insist that you stay for dinner.
[Latin īnsistere, to persist : in-, on; see IN-2 + sistere, to stand; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
in·sistence, in·sisten·cy n.
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