Meaning of perseverate in English:


Pronunciation /pəˈsɛvəreɪt/


[no object]Psychology
  • Repeat or prolong an action, thought, or utterance after the stimulus that prompted it has ceased.

    ‘they perseverate under stress’
    • ‘Bitterman and Couvillon found that bees tended to perseverate - to choose the color for which they had most recently been rewarded.’
    • ‘So he was compensating for the uncertainty factor by perseverating on the stressor with which he was at least already familiar - that stressor being work.’
    • ‘I have a mild frontal lobe disorder that leads me to perseverate, and thus I've continued to work out the theory and do experiments anyway.’


Early 20th century from Latin perseverat- ‘strictly abided by’, from the verb perseverare (see persevere).