Definition Insist

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to insist (on): to demand, to order, to dictate, to command (that)
to insist on is followed by either a noun, or a verb in the ING form.

I won't insist. I won't pressure, I won't persist.
I insist that you tell me what he told you. You simply must tell me.


  • "These records are legal documents and Bruno insisted that this laboratory comply with regulations."
  • "I will of course insist on a good cross-section of society in terms of age, gender, ethnic origin, etc."
  • "Apparently my grandfather insisted that I be married before receiving the inheritance."
  • "Brian : Tomorrow, I've got Susan Bliss in the morning for some PR training, and then Donna Donovan insisted we have lunch together."
  • "I insist."
  • "Moira : So tell us Rupert, what is cricket and why do the English insist on playing it?"
  • "Bruno insisted I have dinner with one of the Chinese business people who attended my presentation this afternoon: apparently she thought I had a "cute accent" when I spoke Mandarin."
  • "Steffi : No, I must insist on the price we agreed on."
  • "Susie : As a matter of fact Philip, since you insist on making this a financial issue: immediately after the public became aware of their labor practices, their stock dropped 44% despite a booming stock market."
  • "Delavigne, San Francisco's renowned playboy, insisted on piloting the balloon himself, despite having no previous experience flying thermal airships or dirigibles, and smelling of liquor."

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