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persist

verb [I]  /pərˈsɪst, -ˈzɪst/ us  
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.
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