Definition of insist verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



1 [intransitive, transitive] to demand that something happens or that someone agrees to do somethingI didn't really want to go but he insisted.Stay and have lunch. I insist!“Please come with us.” “OK, if you insist.” insist on something/someone doing something(formal)She insisted on his/him wearing a suit. insist that…He insists that she come.2 [intransitive, transitive] to say firmly that something is true, especially when other people do not believe you insist on somethingHe insisted on his innocence. insist (that)…He insisted (that) he was innocent. + speech“It's true,” she insisted.PHRASAL VERBS

insist on/upon something

to demand something and refuse to be persuaded to accept anything elseWe insisted on a refund of the full amount. insist doing somethingThey insisted upon being given every detail of the case.insist oninsist upon

insist on doing something

to continue doing something even though other people think it is annoyingThey insist on playing their music late at night.insist on doing
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