Tanya and Vickie couldn't resist trying several kinds of pastries because they all looked and smelled so divine.
An example of to resist is someone running away from the police to avoid being arrested.
- to withstand; oppose; fend off; stand firm against; withstand the action of
- to oppose actively; fight, argue, or work against
- to refuse to cooperate with, submit to, etc.: to resist conscription
- to keep from yielding to, being affected by, or enjoying: to resist temptation
Origin of resistMiddle English resisten from Middle French resister from Classical Latin resistere from re-, back + sistere, to set, causative of stare, to stand
verbre·sist·ed, re·sist·ing, re·sists
- a. To take action in opposition to; try to eliminate, reduce, or stop: resisted the effort to close the school. See Synonyms at oppose.b. To take action to defeat or thwart (an invading or occupying military force).
- a. To remain unaltered, undamaged, or unaffected by; withstand: a crank that resists torque; a material that resists solar degradation.b. To provide resistance to (an electrical current).
- To keep from giving in to, engaging in, or enjoying: resisted pressure to conform; resisted investing in real estate.
Origin of resistMiddle English resisten from Old French resister from Latin resistere re- re- sistere to place ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present resists, present participle resisting, simple past and past participle resisted)
- This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).