Pursuit vs Persist - What's the difference?

pursuit | persist |

As a noun pursuit

is the act of pursuing.

As a verb persist is

to go on stubbornly or resolutely.

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Alternative forms

* (l) (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • The act of pursuing.
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  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=September 27, author=Alistair Magowan, work=BBC Sport
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  • A hobby or recreational activity, done regularly.
  • (cycling) A discipline in track cycling where two opposing teams start on opposite sides of the track and try to catch their opponents.
  • (legal, obsolete) prosecution
  • * Fuller
  • That pursuit for tithes ought, and of ancient time did pertain to the spiritual court.

    Derived terms

    * curve of pursuit, pursuit curve * in pursuit * individual pursuit * pursuit plane * team pursuit




    (en verb)
  • To go on stubbornly or resolutely.
  • To repeat an utterance.
  • To continue to exist.
  • (computing) To cause to persist; make permanent.
  • * 2006 , Marco Bellinaso, ASP.NET 2.0 Website Programming
  • This would not be saved after his session terminates because we don't have an actual user identity to allow us to persist the settings.
  • * 2009 , Alistair Croll, Sean Power, Complete Web Monitoring
  • While hashtags aren't formally part of Twitter, some clients, such as Tweetdeck, will persist hashtags across replies to create a sort of message threading.


    * (go on stubbornly or resolutely) persevere, see also * (continue to exist) last, remain

    Derived terms

    * persistence / persistency * persistent

    See also

    (cognate terms using -sist) * absist * assist * consist * desist * exist * insist * resist * subsist