Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[dih-zist, -sist] /dɪˈzɪst, -ˈsɪst/
verb (used without object)
to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop.
Origin of desist
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Old French desister < Latin dēsistere to leave off, equivalent to dē- de- + sistere to stand, place, akin to stāre to stand
Related forms
desistance, desistence, noun
nondesistance, noun
nondesistence, noun
nondesisting, adjective, noun
undesisting, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for desisted
Historical Examples
  • A circle of 12-year-olds desisted from their romp to watch the sweet lady approaching them.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • Natasha only desisted when she had been told that there would be pineapple ice.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • But these calls had only re-echoed through the cathedral arches with such a dismal, dirge-like sound that they had desisted.

    The Liberty Girl Rena I. Halsey
  • He desisted at last and looked back at us with a mien of anger.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • Then instantly he desisted and sat looking wickedly at the Author, while the Author stared at him aghast.

  • It awakened the compunctions of conscience, and he desisted from his purpose.

  • She soon, indeed, desisted from her efforts, for the fire which blazed up speedily convinced her that all hope was gone.

  • He desisted, and his eyes wandered slowly from object to object.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
  • But it must not be inferred from this statement that he desisted from active astronomical work.

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
  • As he was hurrying to me as rapidly as possible, I desisted from further inquiry.

British Dictionary definitions for desisted


(intransitive) often foll by from. to cease, as from an action; stop or abstain
Derived Forms
desistance, desistence, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French desister, from Latin dēsistere to leave off, stand apart, from de- + sistere to stand, halt
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for desisted



mid-15c., from Middle French désister (mid-14c.), from Latin desistere "to stand aside, leave off, cease," from de- "off" (see de-) + sistere "stop, come to a stand" (see assist). Related: Desisted; desisting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with desisted


The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for desist

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for desisted

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for desisted