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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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