Definition of Perseverate

1. Verb. Psychology: repeat a response after the cessation of the original stimulus. "The subjects in this study perseverated"

Generic synonyms: Ingeminate, Iterate, Reiterate, Repeat, Restate, Retell
Derivative terms: Perseveration



Definition of Perseverate

1. Verb. describing the behavior, generally displayed by those with various developmental disabilities, of extraordinary, exclusive and lasting obsession to a detail or occurrence others consider minor. ¹

2. Verb. to repeat or continue a pattern. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Perseverate

1. [v -ATED, -ATING, -ATES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Perseverate

persecutour
persecutrices
persecutrix
perseid
perseity
perself
perservere
perses
perseus
persever
perseverance
perseverance of the saints
perseverances
perseverant
perseverantly
perseverate (current term)
perseverated
perseverates
perseverating
perseveration
perseverations
perseverative
perseveratively
perseveraunce
perseveraunt
persevere
persevered
perseverent
perseveres
persevering

Literary usage of Perseverate

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1. Movement and Mental Imagery: Outlines of a Motor Theory of the Complexer by Margaret Floy Washburn (1916)
"When young children are made the subjects of association experiments, they show a tendency for the same reaction word to perseverate, because the smallness ..."

2. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1920)
"... tend to perseverate. The face, waxen and corpselike, remains an impassive and inscrutable mask. The voluntary muscles are somewhat rigid but by ..."

3. An Italian and English Dictionary with Pronunciation and Brief Etymologies by August Hjalmar Edgren, Giuseppe Bico, John Lawrence Gerig (1901)
"... aderire ; — to it! perseverate! — through, passare da banda a banda ; — upon, restare, rima- nere. -Iness, s. ..."

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