/pəˈsɪst/ US /pɚ-/
1. If an unpleasant feeling or situation persists, it continues to exist:
If the pain persists, consult a doctor.
The cold weather is set to persist throughout the week.
2. to try to do or continue doing something in a determined but often unreasonable way:
If he persists in asking awkward questions, then send him to the boss.