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The child persisted in asking questions despite my obvious desire to be left alone.
  to continue — often despite difficulty
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  • The child persisted in asking questions despite my obvious desire to be left alone.
  • We expect the conditions to persist into next year.
  • ...he persists in saying he saw the ghost after I have told him that no such thing can possibly be.
    Wilkie Collins  --  The Woman in White
  • By evening the voice dwindles to a croaking. But it persists still through the whole night.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front

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  • But Mattie persisted.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Meanwhile, the old man persisted in his attempt to strike up a conversation.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • ...he had tried in every way to keep Jason from the Indian. But Jason persisted.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • Not just to love—but to persist in love.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • the Mock Turtle persisted.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • It took me a few seconds to understand what she had said. "Go on, David. Go," she persisted.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It

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  • "Thalia, call the Ophiotaurus," Luke persisted.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • "They persist!" He fired his gun again and again at the bodies.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • But the thought asserted itself, and persisted, until it produced a vision of his body totally frozen.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • "No, I mean really," she persisted.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • even with the sheep gone their smell persisted.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • There was one fancy indeed, which persisted through her girlhood.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • "I’d look just like Irene Castle if I had short hair," persisted Francie.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • But the new doctor persisted; he came each day, and his questions dissolved the edges of the fog, and his voice sounded louder every time he came.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • It undermined him quickly; yet he persisted.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • But she had to persist.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • They enter complaining of the cold that has persisted this far into spring,
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • I woke in the dark after dreaming that I was buried alive, and when I was awake the feeling of suffocation persisted.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • She reached for Sarah’s hand again, and even though Sarah pulled it away at first, she persisted until Sarah relented.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • And yet I persist like a stubborn mule in my efforts.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • And so the activities of abolitionists persisted.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • "Star, this wasn’t on your sketch."

    She didn’t answer. I persisted, "Well, it wasn’t. Was it?"
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • But the rumors persisted.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • When First Lieutenant Sidney Martin persisted in making them search tunnels before blowing them, and after Frenchie Tucker and Bernie Lynn died in tunnels, the disobedience became fully organized.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • "You still didn’t say why you haven’t carved anything in that space on the totem," Edwin persisted.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • I was pushing 16 and did not know how to cook for myself. Alice assured me that she would teach me when the time came. I persisted. I wanted to learn how to cook now.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • "Why?" I persisted.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • In vain I persisted that Bartleby was nothing to me—no more than to any one else.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • They persisted in pleading Not Guilty to first-degree murder,
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • "I don’t care about the stew, but I can only issue rations for eighty men," persisted Ginger.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • "Well, but if—" persists Miller, "what would you do?"
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • "Then you’d better find him," he persists.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • "Newt, I don’t get it," Thomas persisted quietly.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • "Can you see a sign anywhere?" she persisted.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Tanner persisted.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • ’ "Why not?" she persists.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I could feel the conversation going in a direction I wasn’t entirely comfortable with, but I persisted anyway.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Still, they persisted with the McMillian theory.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Gabby expected Stephanie to persist, but instead, Stephanie simply shrugged and lay back on her towel, as if she’d never said anything at all.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • And if he persisted in his claims that he needed no numbing agent?
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I had tried to convince Sunny of all this, for it seemed certainly wrong for a young girl to know only a single adult, especially so if it was a man, but always she was vehemently against the idea, crying and going on whenever I persisted.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The orange light persisted.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • But if he hadn’t known it then, Kate persisted, how did he know it now?
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Her doubts persisted through the week.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The question that came to mind then sounded silly, but it persisted: "Do you believe in enchanted places?"
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • "How did you really do it?" he persisted.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
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Associated words [difficulty]:   persist [1] , persistent [1] , persistence [3]
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