Resist is defined as to fend off, oppose or work against.(verb)
An example of to resist is someone running away from the police to avoid being arrested.
See resist in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME resisten < MFr resister < L resistere < re-, back + sistere, to set, caus. of stare, to stand
See resist in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb re·sist·ed, re·sist·ing, re·sists verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English resisten
Origin: , from Old French resister
Origin: , from Latin resistere
Origin: : re-, re-
Origin: + sistere, to place; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
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