Meaning of “persist” in the English Dictionary

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"persist" in British English

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persistverb [ I ]

uk /pəˈsɪst/ us /pɚˈsɪst/

C2 If an unpleasant feeling or situation persists, it continues to exist:

If the pain persists, consult a doctor.
The cold weather 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 in asking awkward questions, then send him to the boss.
The government is persisting with its ambitious public works programme.

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  • If symptoms persist seek medical attention .
  • The cold weather is set to persist throughout the week.
  • Despite this accumulation of evidence, the government persisted in doing nothing.
  • Must you persist in blaming yourself for what happened?
  • 'So would you like me to book tickets?' she persisted.

(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 usual time, or to continue to do something in a determined way even when facing difficulties 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)