• IPA: /ɪnˈsɪst/

insist (insists, present participle insisting; past and past participle insisted)

  1. (with on or upon or (that + ordinary verb form)) To hold up a claim emphatically.
    The defendant insisted on his innocence.
    I insist that my secretary dresses nicely. (I am defending her; see a similar example in the context below for comparison.)
  2. (sometimes, with on or upon or (that + subjunctive)) To demand continually that something happen or be done.
    The Prime Minister insisted on his Chancellor's resignation.
    The Prime Minister insisted that his Chancellor resign.
    I insist that my secretary dress nicely.
  3. (obsolete, chiefly, geometry) To stand (on); to rest (upon); to lean (upon).
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