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Definition to continue — often despite difficulty
  • The child persisted in asking questions despite my obvious desire to be left alone.
persisted = continued
  • We expect the conditions to persist into next year.
  • persist = continue
  • ...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
  • But the rumors persisted.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • persisted = continued
  • Not just to love—but to persist in love.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • persist = continue
  • even with the sheep gone their smell persisted.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • persisted = continued
  • They enter complaining of the cold that has persisted this far into spring,
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • persisted = continued
  • 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
  • persisted = continued
  • And yet I persist like a stubborn mule in my efforts.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • persist = continue
  • "Star, this wasn't on your sketch."

    She didn't answer. I persisted, "Well, it wasn't. Was it?"
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • persisted = continued despite a lack of cooperation
  • 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
  • persisted = continued despite difficulty
  • Meanwhile, the old man persisted in his attempt to strike up a conversation.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • persisted = continued (often despite difficulty)
  • 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
  • persisted = continued — despite difficulty
  • They persisted in pleading Not Guilty to first-degree murder,
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • persisted = continued
  • She knew full well the enormity of her offense, but because her desires were stronger than the code she was breaking, she persisted in breaking it.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • persisted = continued
  • 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
  • persists = continues
  •   "How old are you, anyway?" she asked, squinting at him.
      "I'm one hundred and four years old," he told her solemnly.
      "No, I mean really," she persisted.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • persisted = continued asking (despite difficulty)
  • But the thought asserted itself, and persisted, until it produced a vision of his body totally frozen.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • persisted = continued
  • "You still didn't say why you haven't carved anything in that space on the totem," Edwin persisted.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • persisted = continued despite difficulties
  • 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
persisted = continued (despite difficulty)

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