de·​sist | \ di-ˈsist How to pronounce desist (audio) , -ˈzist How to pronounce desist (audio) , dē- \
desisted; desisting; desists

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 \ di-​ˈsi-​stən(t)s How to pronounce desist (audio) , -​ˈzi-​ How to pronounce desist (audio) , dē-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of desist in a Sentence

Despite orders from the police, the protesters would not desist.
Recent Examples on the Web Other states—including New Jersey, which filed a cease-and-desist order against Celsius—quickly followed suit. Fortune, 16 June 2022 As part of the settlement, Schwab agreed to a cease-and-desist order from the practices, a censure, and will retain an independent consultant to review its robo-adviser disclosures, marketing and advertising. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 13 June 2022 In the letter, the station owners also asked Democratic lawyers to stop referencing that decision in their cease-and-desist letters to other stations. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, 10 June 2022 In 1998, Goggles obtained a cease-and-desist order from the Oglala Lakota Tribal Court requiring Meya to return all the materials and copies and to stop publishing or making presentations about the count. Graham Lee Brewer, NBC News, 3 June 2022 At last week’s meeting, the Coastal Commission unanimously passed a cease-and-desist order and administrative penalty on the Headland development company on the recommendation of staff. Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 Meta conducted extensive account takedowns and dismantled other infrastructure on its platforms as part of the action, banned the organizations, and sent them cease and desist warnings. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 16 Dec. 2021 However, this unlawful phenomenon led the OCM in early February 2022 to send over two dozen letters ordering businesses suspected of illegally selling or gifting cannabis to cease and desist those activities. Dario Sabaghi, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 To cease and desist any effort to coerce, intimidate, persuade, trick or compel any man, woman or child to receive any experimental gene therapy injection or any other medical device including masks. Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of desist

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for desist

Middle English desisten, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French desister, desistier, borrowed from Latin dēsistere "to leave off, cease," from dē- de- + sistere "to cause to stand, assume a standing position, place, check, halt" — more at assist entry 1

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de·​sist | \ di-ˈzist How to pronounce desist (audio) , -ˈsist \
desisted; desisting

Kids Definition of desist

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

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