1 continue doing sth
ADV. doggedly, stubbornly
PREP. in If you persist in upsetting her, I will have to punish you. | with The detective stubbornly persisted with his questions.
2 continue to exist
ADV. still, to this day a belief that persists to this day | indefinitely
VERB + PERSIST be likely to | tend to | be allowed to This situation cannot be allowed to persist.
PREP. for If symptoms persist for more than a few days, see a doctor. | into These practices persisted into the Middle Ages. | through/throughout The depression persisted through much of the 1930s. | until The snows persisted until the second month of the new year.