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persistentadjective

uk   /pəˈsɪs.tənt/  us   /pɚˈsɪs.tənt/
lasting for a ​longtime or ​difficult to get ​rid of: a persistent ​smell/​skinrash Symptoms of the ​illnessinclude a high ​temperature and a persistent ​drycough. There have been persistent rumours that the ​principal might take early ​retirement.
C2 Someone who is persistent ​continues doing something or ​tries to do something in a ​determined but often ​unreasonable way: Be persistent - don't give up. He has been a persistent ​critic of the ​president. She is a persistent offender and has been ​arrested five ​times this ​year for ​shoplifting.
persistently
adverb uk   /pəˈsɪs.tənt.li/  us   /pɚˈsɪs.tənt.li/
They have persistently ​ignoredouradvice.
(Definition of persistent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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persistentadjective

 us   /pərˈsɪs·tənt, -ˈzɪs-/
continuing to ​exist past the ​usualtime, or ​continuing to do something in a ​determined way ​even when ​facingdifficulties or ​opposition: a persistent ​cough persistent ​rumors
persistently
adverb  us   /pərˈsɪs·tənt·li, -ˈzɪs-/
The rains persistently ​fell.
(Definition of persistent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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