Meaning of “insist” in the English Dictionary

"insist" in British English

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insistverb [ I ]

uk /ɪnˈsɪst/ us /ɪnˈsɪst/

B1 to say firmly or demand forcefully, especially when others disagree with or oppose what you say:

[ + (that) ] Greg still insists (that) he did nothing wrong.
Please go first - I insist!
She insisted on seeing her lawyer.

More examples

  • She's 85 now, but she will insist on doing all her own housework.
  • The men at City Hall insist that big spending cuts are just not practical.
  • The police insist that they are not relaxing their campaign against drugs.
  • They insisted that all swear words be deleted from the article.
  • She insisted on telling me every single detail of what they did to her in hospital.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “insist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"insist" in American English

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insistverb

us /ɪnˈsɪst/

to state or demand forcefully, esp. despite opposition:

[ I ] She insisted on seeing her lawyer.
[ + (that) clause ] Greg still insists (that) he did nothing wrong.
insistent
adjective us /ɪnˈsɪs·tənt/

I heard a soft, insistent rapping at the door.
insistently
adverb us /ɪnˈsɪs·tənt·li/

She was insistently cheerful.

(Definition of “insist” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)