de·​sist | \di-ˈsist, -ˈzist, dē- \

Definition of desist 

intransitive verb

: to cease to proceed or act a court order to desist from selling the product

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desistance \-​ˈsis-​tən(t)s, -​ˈzis-​ \ noun

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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

Examples of desist in a Sentence

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

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The new criminal charges are on top of a complaint brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission in January 2018, around the same time that the Texas Department of Banking issued a related cease-and-desist order to AriseBank. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Feds: AriseBank duped investors out of over $4M in cryptocurrency scam," 29 Nov. 2018 On Monday, Oro Negro filed a lawsuit asking Judge Shelley Chapman, the New York bankruptcy judge overseeing the Oro Negro case, for a cease-and-desist order preventing bondholders from taking over or otherwise interfering with the rigs. Tom Corrigan, WSJ, "Battle for Mexico’s Oro Negro Heats Up as Creditors Attempt to Seize Oil Rigs," 22 Oct. 2018 Even when huge names like Whole Foods and Diddy have tried to host their own cheekily ’Chella-inspired events (Wholechella and Combschella, respectively), they’ve been forced to cease and desist. Bridget Read, Vogue, "This Year’s Hottest Coachella Accessory? Drone Surveillance," 13 Apr. 2018 Bird began removing its scooters from Indianapolis streets Wednesday, almost a week after Lime, left the city and weeks after the city sent a cease-and-desist letter. Faith E. Pinho, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis scooters: What the proposed regulations could mean," 13 July 2018 Facebook issued a cease-and-desist letter to developers, who discontinued the Chrome plugin earlier this year. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Facebook Closes Loophole That Revealed Personal Data of People in 'Closed' Groups," 12 July 2018 In late April, assistant transportation commissioner Sean Wiedel shared a Guardian article with colleagues about San Francisco scooter mayhem, including crashes, tripping injuries, and a cease-and-desist order from the city. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "Cycling / News / Transportation Electric scooters could be next to clog Chicago’s sidewalks and bike lanes," 25 June 2018 Quinnipiac issued a cease-and-desist order to the Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter regarding hazing allegations in September 2015, according to previous reports. Ben Lambert, Houston Chronicle, "University suspends Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity chapter after investigating ‘actions’," 15 June 2018 The city issued a cease-and-desist letter to the three companies and impounded improperly parked scooters. Evan Sernoffsky, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bye-bye, SF scooters as Bird, Lime and Spin go on hiatus," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of desist

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of desist

: to stop doing something


de·​sist | \di-ˈzist, -ˈsist\
desisted; desisting

Kids Definition of desist

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

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