Meaning of “insist” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ I, T ] us uk /ɪnˈsɪst/
Extra Examples
He insisted that the money had not been stolen.Both companies have insisted that they were acting in accordance with the law.He insisted that no more money would be forthcoming.She insisted she was telling the truth."I can do it," she insisted.

B1 to say firmly that something is true, especially when other people do not believe you:

[ + (that) ] Mia insisted that she and Carlo were just friends.

B1 to demand that something must be done or that you must have a particular thing:

The school insists on good behaviour from its students.
[ + on + doing sth ] Frank insisted on doing all the work himself.
[ + (that) ] Gerlinde insisted that I stay for dinner.

(Definition of “insist” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)