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"persist" in British English

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persistverb [I]

uk   /pəˈsɪst/  us   /pɚ-/
C2 If an ​unpleasantfeeling or ​situation persists, it ​continues to ​exist: If the ​pain persists, ​consult a ​doctor. The ​coldweather is set to persist ​throughout the ​week.C2 to ​try to do or ​continue doing something in a ​determined but often ​unreasonable way: If he persists inaskingawkwardquestions, then ​send him to the ​boss. The ​government is persisting withitsambitiouspublicworksprogramme.

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

"persist" in American English

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persistverb [I]

 us   /pərˈsɪst, -ˈzɪst/
to ​continue to ​exist past the ​usualtime, or to ​continue to do something in a ​determined way ​even when ​facingdifficulties or ​opposition: If the ​pain persists, ​consult a ​doctor. Although the ​meeting had ​ended, she persisted in ​trying to ​question the ​mayor.
(Definition of persist from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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