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intr.v. per·sev·er·at·ed, per·sev·er·at·ing, per·sev·er·ates Psychology
To manifest or experience perseveration.

[Back-formation from perseveration.]

per·sev′er·a′tive adj.


vb (intr)
(Psychology) psychol to reiterate to excess or when original impetus no longer applies


(pərˈsɛv əˌreɪt)

v.i. -at•ed, -at•ing.
to repeat a word, gesture, or act insistently or redundantly.
[1910; back formation from perseveration < German Perseverationtendenz]
per•sev`er•a′tion, n.
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Verb1.perseverate - psychology: repeat a response after the cessation of the original stimulus; "The subjects in this study perseverated"
ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell - to say, state, or perform again; "She kept reiterating her request"
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She perseverates a lot--the same thoughts keep looping in her head, and she repeats them over and over to whoever happens to be with her.
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It's not that Nora isn't well spoken or worthy of empathy--after all, she is a woman who has been sorely disillusioned by her life--it's just that in her anger, she perseverates so continually.