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

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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 In one case, the German ventilator manufacturer Dräger actually sent cease-and-desist letters to the website Frank's Hospital Workshop, which publicly posted the manuals. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 7 Oct. 2021 The district was the subject of a 9-page order instituting a cease-and-desist order against committing any future violations and agreeing to implement a host of reforms to prevent misstating public offerings going forward. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2021 Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby launched an attack on ESPN, firing off a cease-and-desist and claiming the television network was actively trying to dissolve the conference by encouraging remaining schools to head elsewhere. John Talty |, al, 29 July 2021 Last week, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said his office sent cease and desist letters to Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and others over online sales. NBC News, 1 July 2021 The case follows a similar dispute earlier this year with a Chaska brewery and other cease-and-desist requests nationwide. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive publisher Valve cracked down on skin gambling sites, in 2016 sending cease-and-desist notices to 20 websites. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 13 July 2021 The billboard along a Massachusetts interstate highway was taken down in April, three days after Baron Cohen's attorneys sent a cease-and-desist order to the dispensary, according to the suit. NBC News, 13 July 2021 But less than a week before opening night, Auerfarm was issued a cease-and-desist order because it was not permitted to hold performance events., 9 July 2021

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First Known Use of desist

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Desist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of desist

: to stop doing something


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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