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intr.v. per·sist·ed, per·sist·ing, per·sists
1. To be obstinately repetitious, insistent, or tenacious.
2. To hold firmly and steadfastly to a purpose, state, or undertaking despite obstacles, warnings, or setbacks.
3. To continue in existence; last: hostilities that have persisted for years.

[Latin persistere : per-, per- + sistere, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

per·sis′ter n.
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Adj.1.persisting - relentless and indefatigable in pursuit or as if in pursuit; "impossible to escape the dogging fears"
continuous, uninterrupted - continuing in time or space without interruption; "a continuous rearrangement of electrons in the solar atoms results in the emission of light"- James Jeans; "a continuous bout of illness lasting six months"; "lived in continuous fear"; "a continuous row of warehouses"; "a continuous line has no gaps or breaks in it"; "moving midweek holidays to the nearest Monday or Friday allows uninterrupted work weeks"
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Wherefore he had no fancy for lowering for whales after sun-down; nor for persisting in fighting a fish that too much persisted in fighting him.
"Monsieur," said Conrart, "you yourself are in the wrong persisting in decorating yourself with the name of an Epicurean; indeed, nothing here reminds me of the doctrine of the philosopher of Gargetta."
Brooke, persisting as quietly as if he were only discussing the nature of last year's weather, and nodding at the end with his usual amenity, was an exasperating form of obstinacy.
Linda Ewing-Cobbs, Ph.D., from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and colleagues examined whether pre-injury, demographic, and family factors influence vulnerability to PCSs persisting one year after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in children.
Persisting cold wave slashed minimum temperature to minus 5 Celsius while Maximum recorded today was 14 Celsius.
A shallow westerly trough was persisting over extreme north of Pakistan.
Hafeez, who missed Pakistan World T20 game against New Zealand due to a knee injury, appeared at training sessions on Thursday morning and according to PCB, he felt uncomfortable due to persisting pain.
SITE Karachi's industrialists have asked Sui Southern Gas Co (SSGC) to immediately rectify persisting low gas pressure in the industrial area or else they will stage protest demonstration at SSGC office.
As this new vortex pattern evolved it began the advection of moist air from the fringes of the tropical air persisting west of the Congo estuary.
In this report, the authors examine the impact of college readiness on students' likelihood of persisting in college and completing a degree.
Specifically, she found that both social and academic adjustment was related to persisting at that university.