Resist definition

rĭ-zĭst
To oppose or withstand something; offer resistance.
verb
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To withstand; oppose; fend off; stand firm against; withstand the action of.
verb
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A substance that resists, esp. something applied as a protective coating.
noun
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To keep from giving in to, engaging in, or enjoying.

Resisted pressure to conform; resisted investing in real estate.

verb
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A substance that can cover and protect a surface, as from corrosion.
noun
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To refuse to cooperate with, submit to, etc.

To resist conscription.

verb
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To take action in opposition to; try to eliminate, reduce, or stop.

Resisted the effort to close the school.

verb
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To remain unaltered, undamaged, or unaffected by; withstand.

A crank that resists torque; a material that resists solar degradation.

verb
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To keep from yielding to, being affected by, or enjoying.

To resist temptation.

verb
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To withstand the actions of.
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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.

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To take action to defeat or thwart (an invading or occupying military force).
verb
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To provide resistance to (an electrical current).
verb
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To offer resistance.
verb
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To oppose actively; fight, argue, or work against.
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To attempt to counter the actions or effects of.
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(intransitive) To oppose.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
resist
Plural:
resists

Origin of resist

  • Middle English resisten from Old French resister from Latin resistere re- re- sistere to place stā- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Anglo-Norman resistre, Middle French resister, and their source, Latin resistere, from re- + sistere (“cause to stand").

    From Wiktionary