verb \di-ˈsist, -ˈzist, dē-\

: to stop doing something

Full Definition of DESIST

intransitive verb
:  to cease to proceed or act
de·sis·tance \-ˈsis-tən(t)s, -ˈzis-\ noun

Examples of DESIST

  1. 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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