- 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.
resist definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English resisten ; from Middle French resister ; from Classical Latin resistere ; from re-, back plush sistere, to set, causative of stare, to stand
- resister noun
resist definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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