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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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In fact, he pressed her so persistingly that the princess at length lost her temper and quite forgot the respect due to her father.
First of all, creative and feasible researches on the issues for Government 3.0 should be persistingly conducted and shared.
The so-called Co-operation and Verification Mechanism for Bulgaria and Romania must stay in place, suggested the Council of the EU and the European Commision amid criticism of persistingly inadequate anti-crime and anti-corruption practices in the two member states.