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

At the University of Hawaii’s Institute of Marine Biology in Kaneohe, researchers have been working to breed corals able to resist higher water temperatures. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Is ‘The Blob’ back? New marine heat wave threatens Pacific," 17 Sep. 2019 Now, with appointees of Gov. Ron DeSantis moving the state Supreme Court majority from liberal to conservative, Democrats and political scientists say the lure of redrawing district lines could be hard to resist. Steven Lemongello, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida GOP could try to gerrymander seats again, Democrats warn," 11 Sep. 2019 Tommy planned to woo her in his catering van, and his charms are harder to resist than Simone expected — even with the pastrami smells wafting in the cramped vehicle. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Watch Lucy Liu get flirty and make out in a 'mobile sex den' in exclusive Why Women Kill clip," 21 Aug. 2019 Some cast-iron skillets from other brands cost up to $200, so this three-piece Lodge set on Amazon is hard to resist. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "Replace Your Old Nonstick Pans With This Lodge Cast-Iron Set for $50," 12 Aug. 2019 Plus, after having had my fair share of overstuffed red sangrias, the idea of a summery white version was hard to resist. Becky Krystal, Houston Chronicle, "Peaches, raspberries and wine: This white sangria is bright and refreshing," 12 Aug. 2019 Still, the sheer inventiveness of the staging, its fantastical mix of animation and live action, is hard to resist. New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Magic Flute,’ Mozart Meets Nosferatu," 18 July 2019 Burns is being charged with assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Rachel Berry, Cincinnati.com, "Police: Man on LSD runs through park naked, attacks officers," 17 July 2019 Many Democrats, including me, might resist anything that helps Trump and his GOP Senate majority pass their agenda. Daniel Wirls, The Conversation, "The Senate filibuster explained – and why it should be allowed to die," 13 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For more info: ART: Japanese tie dyeing The art of applying resist-dyeing techniques to fabrics, also known as tie dying, has been practiced in Japan for hundreds of years. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (August 4)," 1 Aug. 2019 In addition to tarnishing a reputable Trump official, the Democratic resist-at-all-costs strategy chews up precious time on the Senate floor. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Senate Stakes in Sharp Relief," 26 July 2018 David Erickson, 43, of Garden City, was booked into the Ada County Jail on two felony charges of battery against law enforcement, one misdemeanor count of resist and obstruction and a misdemeanor count of trespassing, according to a release. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "Two local police officers injured after suspect becomes violent on Greenbelt | Idaho Statesman," 30 Mar. 2018 But the resist-Trump movement -- combined with more Hispanics moving into the region and the retirement of Royce and fellow GOP Rep. Darrell Issa in the nearby 49th district -- resulted in Democratic hopefuls piling into races. Joseph Weber, Fox News, "In wild California primary, Democratic candidate sues over rivals' ballot entries, candidates eased out," 28 Mar. 2018 Head to her three-hour workshop for a history lesson and a hands-on tutorial in shibori (an ancient Japanese method of resist dyeing not unlike tie-dye). Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "West Elm Has Curated Workshops With its Favorite Local Artisans Across the U.S.," 13 Mar. 2018 With the support of UNHCR, RefuSHE also encourages economic empowerment by teaching the young women to make colorful scarves using resist-dyeing, a traditional East African technique similar to tie-dye. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Runway of Hope: Angelina Jolie Opens Up About a Different Kind of Fashion Show," 8 Mar. 2018 The indigo resist-dye style fabric seen on said dress is easily reminiscent of the oceanic textiles in Areté Complete's own designs. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "From French Floral Prints to Blue Shibori, Bring New York Fashion Week Looks Into Your Home," 12 Feb. 2018 But many of the #resist leaders aren’t ready for a victory lap just yet. Philip Elliott / Los Angeles, Time, "Here's What It Was Like to Watch the State of the Union With the Resistance," 31 Jan. 2018

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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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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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