- To desist is defined as to stop something.
An example of to desist is to stop protesting in front of the city hall.
Origin of desistLate Middle English desisten ; from Old French desister ; from Classical Latin desistere ; from de-, from + sistere, to cause to stand ; from stare, to stand
intransitive verbde·sist·ed, de·sist·ing, de·sists
Origin of desistMiddle English desisten, from Old French desister, from Latin dēsistere : dē-, de- + sistere, to bring to a standstill; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present desists, present participle desisting, simple past and past participle desisted)
- deists, Deists
From Middle French désister.