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Meaning of insist

in•sist

Pronunciation: (in-sist'), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to be emphatic, firm, or resolute on some matter of desire, demand, intention, etc.: He insists on checking every shipment.
  2. to lay emphasis in assertion: to insist on the justice of a claim.
  3. to dwell with earnestness or emphasis (usually fol. by on or upon): to insist on a point in a discussion.
—v.t.
  1. to assert or maintain firmly: He insists that he saw the ghosts.
  2. to demand or persist in demanding: I insist that you see this thing through.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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