resist

verb
re·​sist | \ ri-ˈzist How to pronounce resist (audio) \
resisted; resisting; resists

Definition of resist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to exert force in opposition

transitive verb

1 : to exert oneself so as to counteract or defeat he resisted temptation
2 : to withstand the force or effect of material that resists heat

resist

noun, often attributive

Definition of resist (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Verb

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

Examples of resist in a Sentence

Verb He was charged with resisting arrest. These windows can resist very high winds. The drug will help your body resist infection. She couldn't resist telling us what she'd heard. He was able to resist the urge to tell her his secret. It was hard resisting the temptation to open the box. The offer was hard to resist. I know I shouldn't have any more cake, but I can't resist.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Abraham Foxman, the retired national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said the Jewish community should resist giving oxygen to extremists in both parties. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, 8 June 2021 Critical questions his team is tackling include: How did the African-Americans who lived at Montpelier survive, resist and live within the confines of their bondage, which was protected by the U.S. Constitution crafted by Madison himself? Smithsonian Magazine, 8 June 2021 The husks and silks will help protect the corn from burning and trap moisture inside, resulting in perfectly steamed and smoky rows of kernels nobody can resist. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 7 June 2021 In scientific disputes, resist the temptation to choose a side based on the politics of the moment; wait until the evidence comes in. Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2021 Twitter has tried to resist blindly following government orders in the past despite being strong-armed. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 25 May 2021 The researchers also aimed to find a multivalent nanobody that neutralizes rapidly spreading variants found to resist neutralizing antibodies from convalescent sera and vaccines. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 5 May 2021 While many ultra-Orthodox Jews play active roles in Israeli life, some reject the concept of Zionism, while others reject participation in the Israeli military or workforce and resist state intervention in their education system. BostonGlobe.com, 1 May 2021 John Neitge of Woodbury was determined to resist spending his days in front of a screen. Kevyn Burger Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 12 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It also is built to hold a heavy amount of weight, as the commercial-grade steel makes the durable frame resist damage. Chris Hachey, BGR, 8 Apr. 2021 It also is built to hold a heavy amount of weight, as the commercial-grade steel makes the durable frame resist damage. Chris Hachey, BGR, 8 Apr. 2021 It also is built to hold a heavy amount of weight, as the commercial-grade steel makes the durable frame resist damage. Chris Hachey, BGR, 8 Apr. 2021 And as people who want to see change persist, the people who want things to remain the same and even get worse resist. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021 Activities that most people find very hard, such as playing chess or doing higher mathematics, have yielded fairly readily to computation, yet many tasks that humans find easy or even trivial resist being conquered by machines. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2021 It also is built to hold a heavy amount of weight, as the commercial-grade steel makes the durable frame resist damage. Chris Hachey, BGR, 8 Apr. 2021 It also is built to hold a heavy amount of weight, as the commercial-grade steel makes the durable frame resist damage. Chris Hachey, BGR, 8 Apr. 2021 It also is built to hold a heavy amount of weight, as the commercial-grade steel makes the durable frame resist damage. Chris Hachey, BGR, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of resist

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for resist

Verb

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

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The first known use of resist was in the 15th century

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10 Jun 2021

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“Resist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resist. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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resist

verb

English Language Learners Definition of resist

: 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

resist

verb
re·​sist | \ ri-ˈzist How to pronounce resist (audio) \
resisted; resisting

Kids Definition of resist

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

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