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persistir viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (durar mucho)persist viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  remain viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  linger viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  continue viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 La fiebre persiste a pesar de las medicinas.
persistir viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (mantenerse inalterable)persist viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  be stubborn, be insistent v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  (colloquial)stick to your guns v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  hold on, carry on vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
 Él persiste en su actitud.
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