[syn: insist, assert]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Insist \In*sist"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Insisted; p. pr. & vb.
n. Insisting.] [F. insister, L. insistere to set foot upon,
follow, persist; pref. in- in + sistere to stand, cause to
stand. See Stand.]
1. To stand or rest; to find support; -- with in, on, or
upon. [R.] --Ray.
2. To take a stand and refuse to give way; to hold to
something firmly or determinedly; to be persistent,
urgent, or pressing; to persist in demanding; -- followed
by on, upon, or that; as, he insisted on these conditions;
he insisted on going at once; he insists that he must have
Insisting on the old prerogative. --Shak.
Without further insisting on the different tempers
of Juvenal and Horace. --Dryden.
Syn: Insist, Persist.
Usage: Insist implies some alleged right, as authority or
claim. Persist may be from obstinacy alone, and either
with or against rights. We insist as against others;
we persist in what exclusively relates to ourselves;
as, he persisted in that course; he insisted on his
friend's adopting it. --C. J. Smith.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge; "I must
insist!" [syn: insist, take a firm stand]
2: beg persistently and urgently; "I importune you to help them"
[syn: importune, insist]
3: assert to be true; "The letter asserts a free society" [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
82 Moby Thesaurus words for "insist":
advocate, affirm, allege, announce, annunciate, argue, assert,
assever, asseverate, aver, avouch, avow, blandish, brook no denial,
cajole, call for, call on, call upon, coax, command, contend,
declare, demand, dwell on, emphasize, enunciate, exhort,
expostulate, express, force upon, have, high-pressure, hold,
importune, insist on, insist upon, issue a manifesto, jawbone,
lay down, lobby, maintain, manifesto, nag, persist, plead with,
ply, ply upon, predicate, press, press upon, pressure, proclaim,
profess, pronounce, protest, push, push upon, put, put it,
recommend, remonstrate, require, say, set down, soft-soap, speak,
speak out, speak up, stand for, stand on, state, stick to, stress,
submit, sweet-talk, take no denial, thrust upon, urge, urge upon,
vow, wheedle, work on