desist

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verb de·sist \di-ˈsist, -ˈzist, dē-\

Definition of desist

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to cease to proceed or act a court order to desist from selling the product

desistance

play play \-ˈsis-tən(t)s, -ˈzis-\ noun

Examples of desist in a Sentence

  1. Despite orders from the police, the protesters would not desist.

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Origin and Etymology 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

Synonym Discussion of desist

stop, cease, quit, discontinue, desist mean to suspend or cause to suspend activity. stop applies to action or progress or to what is operating or progressing and may imply suddenness or definiteness. stopped at the red light cease applies to states, conditions, or existence and may add a suggestion of gradualness and a degree of finality. by nightfall the fighting had ceased quit may stress either finality or abruptness in stopping or ceasing. the engine faltered, sputtered, then quit altogether discontinue applies to the stopping of an accustomed activity or practice. we have discontinued the manufacture of that item desist implies forbearance or restraint as a motive for stopping or ceasing. desisted from further efforts to persuade them


DESIST Defined for English Language Learners

desist

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Definition of desist for English Language Learners

  • : to stop doing something


DESIST Defined for Kids

desist

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verb de·sist \di-ˈzist, -ˈsist\

Definition of desist for Students

desisted

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desisting

  1. :  to stop doing something Please desist from making that noise.



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