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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.
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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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