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Verb: persist  pu(r)'sist
  1. Continue to exist
    "These stories persist";
    - 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";
    - persevere, hang in, hang on, hold on
     
  3. Be in an unchanged state for a long time; last a long time
    "The hostility persisted long after they made up";
    - remain, stay

Derived forms: persisted, persists, persisting

Type of: bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold

Encyclopedia: Persist