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 for insist
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Insist \In*sist"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Insisted; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Insisting.] [F. insister, L. insistere to set foot upon,
     follow, persist; pref. in- in + sistere to stand, cause to
     stand. See Stand.]
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     1. To stand or rest; to find support; -- with in, on, or
        upon. [R.] --Ray.
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     2. To take a stand and refuse to give way; to hold to
        something firmly or determinedly; to be persistent,
        urgent, or pressing; to persist in demanding; -- followed
        by on, upon, or that; as, he insisted on these conditions;
        he insisted on going at once; he insists that he must have
        money.
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              Insisting on the old prerogative.     --Shak.
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              Without further insisting on the different tempers
              of Juvenal and Horace.                --Dryden.
  
     Syn: Insist, Persist.
  
     Usage: Insist implies some alleged right, as authority or
            claim. Persist may be from obstinacy alone, and either
            with or against rights. We insist as against others;
            we persist in what exclusively relates to ourselves;
            as, he persisted in that course; he insisted on his
            friend's adopting it. --C. J. Smith.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  insist
      v 1: be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge; "I must
           insist!" [syn: insist, take a firm stand]
      2: beg persistently and urgently; "I importune you to help them"
         [syn: importune, insist]
      3: assert to be true; "The letter asserts a free society" [syn:
         insist, assert]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  82 Moby Thesaurus words for "insist":
     advocate, affirm, allege, announce, annunciate, argue, assert,
     assever, asseverate, aver, avouch, avow, blandish, brook no denial,
     cajole, call for, call on, call upon, coax, command, contend,
     declare, demand, dwell on, emphasize, enunciate, exhort,
     expostulate, express, force upon, have, high-pressure, hold,
     importune, insist on, insist upon, issue a manifesto, jawbone,
     lay down, lobby, maintain, manifesto, nag, persist, plead with,
     ply, ply upon, predicate, press, press upon, pressure, proclaim,
     profess, pronounce, protest, push, push upon, put, put it,
     recommend, remonstrate, require, say, set down, soft-soap, speak,
     speak out, speak up, stand for, stand on, state, stick to, stress,
     submit, sweet-talk, take no denial, thrust upon, urge, urge upon,
     vow, wheedle, work on
  
  

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