1 refusing to give up 坚持的; 不屈不挠的
*She eventually married the most persistent of her admirers. 她终于嫁给了最执着追求她的人.
2 (a) continuing without interruption 持续不断的; 不间断的
*[attrib 作定语] persistent noise, rain, pain 持续的噪音、雨水、疼痛
* persistent questioning 无休止的讯问.
(b) occurring frequently 反覆出现的; 一再发生的
*[attrib 作定语] persistent attacks of coughing 咳嗽的频繁发作
* Despite persistent denials, the rumour continued tospread. 尽管一再否认, 谣言还是不胫而走.
[usually before noun]
continuing to exist or happen, especially for longer than is usual or desirable
a persistent problem
continuing to do something, although this is difficult, or other people warn you not to do it
If she hadn't been so persistent she might not have gotten the job.
Persistent offenders (=people who often break the law) face a prison sentence.
persistently low rainfall