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resist

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verb re·sist \ri-ˈzist\

Simple Definition of resist

  • : to fight against (something) : to try to stop or prevent (something)

  • : to remain strong against the force or effect of (something) : to not be affected or harmed by (something)

  • : to prevent yourself from doing something that you want to do

Full Definition of resist

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to exert force in opposition

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to exert oneself so as to counteract or defeat <he resisted temptation>

  5. 2 :  to withstand the force or effect of <material that resists heat>

Examples of resist

  1. He was charged with resisting arrest.

  2. These windows can resist very high winds.

  3. The drug will help your body resist infection.

  4. She couldn't resist telling us what she'd heard.

  5. He was able to resist the urge to tell her his secret.

  6. It was hard resisting the temptation to open the box.

  7. The offer was hard to resist.

  8. I know I shouldn't have any more cake, but I can't resist.



Origin of resist

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French resister, from Latin resistere, from re- + sistere to take a stand; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of resist

oppose, combat, resist, withstand mean to set oneself against someone or something. oppose can apply to any conflict, from mere objection to bitter hostility or warfare <opposed the plan>. combat stresses the forceful or urgent countering of something <combat disease>. resist implies an overt recognition of a hostile or threatening force and a positive effort to counteract or repel it <resisting temptation>. withstand suggests a more passive resistance <trying to withstand peer pressure>.

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resist

noun re·sist

Definition of resist

  1. :  something (as a coating) that protects against a chemical, electrical, or physical action



1836

First Known Use of resist

1836

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