Desist meaning

dĭ-sĭst, -zĭst
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To desist is defined as to stop something.

An example of to desist is to stop protesting in front of the city hall.

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To cease doing something.
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To cease (from an action); stop; abstain.

Desist from fighting.

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(intransitive) To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from.
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Origin of desist

  • Middle English desisten from Old French desister from Latin dēsistere dē- de- sistere to bring to a standstill stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French désister.

    From Wiktionary