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persist in doing something

to continue doing something. John persists in thinking that he's always right. Tom persists in demanding that I agree to his terms.
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persist with something

to continue the state of something; to extend an action or state. Please do not persist with your demands that I agree to your terms. If you persist with this intrusion, I'm going to call the police.
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But a greater grief than the loss of the launch could have engendered in me, filled my heart--a sullen, gnawing misery which I tried to deny--which I refused to admit--but which persisted in obsessing me until my heart rose and filled my throat, and I could not speak when I would have uttered words of reassurance to my companions.
This line of reflection I discovered to be as distressing as the former, but, though I tried to turn my mind to other things, it persisted in returning to the vision of an oval face, sun-tanned; of smiling lips, revealing white and even teeth; of brave eyes that harbored no shadow of guile; and of a tumbling mass of wavy hair that crowned the loveliest picture on which my eyes had ever rested.
Partridge still persisted in asserting his innocence, though he admitted he had made the above-mentioned confession; which he however endeavoured to account for, by protesting that he was forced into it by the continued importunity she used: who vowed, that, as she was sure of his guilt, she would never leave tormenting him till he had owned it; and faithfully promised, that, in such case, she would never mention it to him more.
but I saw t' ghaist," persisted Jacob Postlethwaite, with a stare of terror and a burst of tears.
However, she persisted in dishing the dinner as well as cooking it, and then sat down, bibless and apronless, to partake of it as an illustrious guest: Mrs Wilfer first responding to her husband's cheerful 'For what we are about to receive--'with a sepulchral Amen, calculated to cast a damp upon the stoutest appetite.
Because this pattern persisted, this advection also continued, intensifying as its moisture depth increased from a few hundred feet to some 2 or 3 thousand feet.
Income inequity persisted even after the researchers accounted for gender differences in such factors as medical specialty, hours worked, and practice type.
I asked various academics why they persisted in teaching something that was demonstrably wrong.
I'm surprised the virus persisted so long," added Graeme Laver, an expert in the spread of bird flu.
Those in the sample who dropped out tended to have statistically significant lower SAT or ACT scores than those who persisted to graduation.
And yet fewer than 1 in 12 doctors have raised concerns with nursing staff in an effective way despite reporting that the problems have persisted for 1 to 5 years or more.
If a colleague persisted in making remarks about what nice legs a female employee had, or her boss promised her promotion if she went away with him for the weekend, she should be able to claim that this was sexual harassment, said the union organisation.
Hessler's main argument is that despite the abolition of the NEP, which allowed limited private retailing and manufacture, private trade persisted, albeit in reduced and often illegal forms, and provided a significant proportion of consumer goods to Soviet citizens throughout the Stalinist era.
Blood and sputum specimens were negative for bacteria; HIV antibody test results were negative, but the fever persisted.