When someone persists they keep going or hang on. If you want to finish a marathon, you have to persist and keep running, no matter how many blisters you have.

The great Roman poet Ovid once advised: “Endure and persist, this pain will turn good by and by.” As Ovid’s quote hints at, persistence is often associated with hardship and the reward that comes with not backing down. Synonyms include endure, follow through, and persevere, while antonyms include cease and give up.

Definitions of persist
  1. verb
    be persistent, refuse to stop
    “he persisted to call me every night”
    “The child persisted and kept asking questions”
    synonyms: hang in, hang on, hold on, persevere
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    persist stubbornly
    ask for it, ask for trouble
    persist with actions or an attitude despite the probability that it will cause trouble
    plug, plug away
    persist in working hard
    follow, stick to, stick with
    keep to
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    bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold
    keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
  2. verb
    continue to exist
    synonyms: die hard, endure, prevail, run
    occur persistently
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    carry over
    transfer or persist from one stage or sphere of activity to another
    have a long or continuing effect
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    exist over a prolonged period of time
  3. verb
    stay behind
    synonyms: remain, stay
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    remain present although waning or gradually dying
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