Simple Definition of desist
: to stop doing something
Full Definition of desist
: to cease to proceed or act
Examples of desist in a sentence
Despite orders from the police, the protesters would not desist.
Origin of desist
Middle English, from Anglo-French desister, from Latin desistere, from de- + sistere to stand, stop; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand
First Known Use: 15th century
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Definition of desist for Students
: to stop doing something <Please desist from making that noise.>
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