- Resist is defined as to fend off, oppose or work against.
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).