To insist on something is to demand or swear to it. You can insist that you didn't eat the last piece of cake, and then insist that your brother show your mom the bits of frosting on his fingers.

The verb insist comes from the Latin insistere, meaning “persist,” “dwell upon,” or “stand on.” To insist on something, like a room with a view, is to say that you must have it. To insist that you never met that man before in your life — even though there's a picture of the two of you together — is to claim that you're telling the truth. To insist on tapping your foot on the chair leg is annoying.

Definitions of insist
  1. verb
    be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge
    “I must insist!”
    synonyms: take a firm stand
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    hold firm, stand fast, stand firm, stand pat
    refuse to abandon one's opinion or belief
    assert, asseverate, maintain
    state categorically
    hunker down
    hold stubbornly to a position
    allege, aver, say
    report or maintain
    predicate, proclaim
    affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of
  2. verb
    assert to be true
    synonyms: assert
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    posit, postulate
    take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom
  3. verb
    beg persistently and urgently
    synonyms: importune
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    harass, as with questions or requests
    type of:
    beg, implore, pray
    call upon in supplication; entreat
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