Definition of insist verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    insist

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈsɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsɪst//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they insist
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈsɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsɪst//
     
    he / she / it insists
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈsɪsts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsɪsts//
     
    past simple insisted
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈsɪstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsɪstɪd//
     
    past participle insisted
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈsɪstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsɪstɪd//
     
    -ing form insisting
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈsɪstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsɪstɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to demand that something happens or that somebody agrees to do something I didn't really want to go but he insisted. Stay and have lunch. I insist! ‘Please come with us.’ ‘Very well then, if you insist.’ insist on something/somebody doing something (formal) She insisted on his/him wearing a suit. insist that… He insists that she come. (British English also) He insists that she should come. Synonymsdemandrequire expect insist askThese words all mean to say that somebody should do or have something.demand to ask for something very firmly; to say very firmly that somebody should have or do something:She demanded an immediate explanation.require [often passive] (rather formal) to make somebody do or have something, especially because it is necessary according to a law or set of rules or standards:All candidates will be required to take a short test.expect to demand that somebody should do, have or be something, especially because it is their duty or responsibility:I expect to be paid promptly for the work.insist to demand that something happens or that somebody agrees to do something:I didn’t want to go but he insisted. We insist on the highest standards at all times.ask to expect or demand something:You’re asking too much of him.demand, expect or ask? Ask is not as strong as demand or expect, both of which can be more like a command.Patterns to demand/​require/​expect/​ask something of/​from somebody to demand/​require/​expect/​insist/​ask that… to require/​expect/​ask somebody to do something to demand/​require/​expect/​ask a lot/​too much/​a great deal to be too much to expect/​ask
  2. 2  [intransitive, transitive] to say firmly that something is true, especially when other people do not believe you insist on something He insisted on his innocence. insist (that)… He insisted (that) he was innocent. + speech ‘It's true,’ she insisted.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘persist, persevere’): from Latin insistere ‘persist’, from in- ‘upon’ + sistere ‘stand’.Extra examples He insists on speaking to you personally. He quietly but firmly insisted. He stubbornly insisted on doing it all himself. I’m paying for this—no, I absolutely insist. People rightly insist on being treated as individuals. She loudly insisted that she had a right to stay. She still insists her critics are wrong. ‘Please come with us.’ ‘All right, if you insist.’ I didn’t want to go but he insisted. She insisted on his wearing a suit. The company insisted that the money be paid immediately. We insist on the highest standards at all times. Phrasal Verbsinsist on somethinginsist on doing something
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