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English verb: persist

1. persist (stative) continue to exist

SamplesThese stories die hard.
The legend of Elvis endures.

Synonymsdie hard, endure, prevail, run

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)continue

Narrower (hyponym)carry over, reverberate

Verb grouprun

2. persist (change) be persistent, refuse to stop

SamplesHe persisted to call me every night.
The child persisted and kept asking questions.

Synonymshang in, hang on, hold on, persevere

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold

Narrower (hyponym)ask for it, ask for trouble, follow, obstinate, plug, plug away, stick to, stick with

3. persist (stative) stay behind

SamplesThe smell stayed in the room.
The hostility remained long after they made up.

Synonymsremain, stay

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Narrower (hyponym)linger, stick

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