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.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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: ME resisten < MFr resister < L resistere < re-, back + sistere, to set, caus. of stare, to stand
- resister noun
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verb re·sist·ed, re·sist·ing, re·sists verb, transitive
- To strive to fend off or offset the actions, effects, or force of.
- To remain firm against the actions, effects, or force of; withstand: a bacterium that resisted the antibiotic.
- To keep from giving in to or enjoying.
Origin: Middle English resisten, from Old French resister, from Latin resistere : re-, re- + sistere, to place; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- re·sistˈer noun