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verb re·sist \ri-ˈzist\

: 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

intransitive verb
:  to exert force in opposition
transitive verb
:  to exert oneself so as to counteract or defeat <he resisted temptation>
:  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>.


noun, often attributive

Definition of RESIST

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

First Known Use of RESIST


Other Electrical Engineering Terms

feedback, fuse, incandescent, noise, resonance
RESISTS Defined for Kids


verb re·sist \ri-ˈzist\

Definition of RESIST for Kids

:  to fight against :  oppose <Students resisted the war.>
:  to avoid doing or having something <I can't resist bragging.> <Who can resist chocolate?>
:  to withstand the force or effect of <These plants resist disease.>


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