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 When one lobbyist raised the specter of Trump re-emerging as the G.O.P.’s dominant force, Cheney responded that the party would have to resist this. New York Times, "Liz Cheney vs. MAGA," 22 Apr. 2021 Experts urge homeowners to be patient and resist the urge to kill them. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Billions of Cicadas Are Coming—Here’s Their Deal," 1 Apr. 2021 This would provide a critical tool to resist voter suppression efforts, ranging from felony disenfranchisement laws to problematic election administration changes that lead to long lines and drive down voter turnout. Dick Durbin, CNN, "As states attack voter rights, Congress has to step in," 20 Apr. 2021 As the Echo Park closure showed, some homeless people might resist leaving their camps downtown, even if offered hotel shelters. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, "Can L.A. really clear homeless people from skid row by October? Here’s what we know," 20 Apr. 2021 Those who work from home should resist working on a laptop while reclined on a sofa or in bed as those positions bring the risk of neck problems. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Is working from home a literal pain? These ergonomic setups and healthy habits can help," 18 Apr. 2021 Few leaders of medieval Europe could resist the temptation to join the crusades. Richard Lindzen, National Review, "Climate ‘Emergency’? Not So Fast," 16 Apr. 2021 Reese's Limited Edition Bag Set, $74 Can't resist the chocolate peanut butter fantasy? Samantha Olson, Seventeen, "HipDot Cosmetics Just Dropped a Reese's Makeup Collection," 15 Apr. 2021 When a stain or spill first occurs, resist the urge to immediately start scrubbing. Brett Martin, Popular Mechanics, "10 Carpet-Cleaning Secrets From the Pros," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Judas and the Black Messiah," 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, "Making Vaccines Is Straightforward; Getting People to Take Them Isn’t," 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, "Best Weight Storage Rack," 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, "Best Weight Storage Rack," 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, "Best Weight Storage Rack," 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, "Best Weight Storage Rack," 16 Mar. 2021 Some of the earliest wax-resist textiles can be traced back more than 1,500 years to Ancient Egypt, Sui and Tang Dynasty China, Nero Period Japan, and the Yoruba people in Nigeria and Senegal, among other cultures. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, "What Is Batik?," 7 Oct. 2020 Like batik—and even classic American tie dye—ikat is a resist-dyeing technique: Yarns are bundled and bound with string then dyed to create patterns. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, "All About Ikat, the Gorgeous Indonesian Dyeing Technique," 2 Nov. 2020

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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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5 May 2021

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“Resist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resist. Accessed 8 May. 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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