"persist" in the verb sense
1. prevail, persist, die hard, run, endure
continue to exist
"These stories die hard"
"The legend of Elvis endures"
2. persevere, persist, hang in, hang on, hold on
be persistent, refuse to stop
"he persisted to call me every night"
"The child persisted and kept asking questions"
3. persist, remain, stay
"The smell stayed in the room"
"The hostility remained long after they made up"
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