To stand firm; to be fixed and unmoved; to stay; to continue steadfastly; especially, to continue fixed in a course of conduct against opposing motives; to persevere; -- sometimes conveying an unfavorable notion, as of doggedness or obstinacy.
persist in Dutch is blijven aandringen, aanhouden
persist in German is fortdauern, beharren, beharren
persist in Latin is teneo, obduro, eduro
persist in Portuguese is persista
persist in Spanish is subsistir