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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·sist v. i. [imp. & p. p. Insisted; p. pr. & vb. n. Insisting.]
 1. To stand or rest; to find support; -- with in, on, or upon. [R.]
 2. To take a stand and refuse to give way; to hold to something firmly or determinedly; to be persistent, urgent, or pressing; to persist in demanding; -- followed by on, upon, or that; as, he insisted on these conditions; he insisted on going at once; he insists that he must have money.
    Insisting on the old prerogative.   --Shak.
    Without further insisting on the different tempers of Juvenal and Horace.   --Dryden.
 Syn: -- Insist, Persist.
 Usage: Insist implies some alleged right, as authority or claim. Persist may be from obstinacy alone, and either with or against rights. We insist as against others; we persist in what exclusively relates to ourselves; as, he persisted in that course; he insisted on his friend's adopting it.