What does the word persist mean?

Usage examples for persist

  1. If you persist in refusing her, mark my words, you'll be sorry. – The Nether World by George Gissing
  2. Upon which account, since Pericles was the man who mainly opposed it, and stirred up the people's passions to persist in their contention with the Megarians, he was regarded as the sole cause of the war. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  3. They told him they had a friend, a physician, who would give them the best drug for that purpose if he happened to have it; and after encouraging him to persist in the enterprise, and promising to return on the following night, they left him. – The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra