Let me ask a question about the headline of this article.
As the world's population grows, hunger persists on a massive scale.
Does "persist" in the headline mean "to continue to increase" or "continue to be" or something else?
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Let's first take a look at the definition of the word 'Persist':
So you can read the sentence like this:
"As the world's population grows, hunger remains on a massive scale (hunger is still a widespread problem)."