Examples of desist in a Sentence
Despite orders from the police, the protesters would not desist.
Recent Examples of desist from the Web
It wasn’t removed, so Ryan is preparing to send a cease-and-desist letter to request that Napster take down the page.
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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
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of desist
DESIST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of desist for English Language Learners
: to stop doing something
DESIST Defined for Kids
Definition of desist for Students
: to stop doing something Please desist from making that noise.
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