Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

desist

[dih-zist, -sist]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
verb (used without object)
  1. to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop.

Origin of desist

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 formsde·sist·ance, de·sist·ence, nounnon·de·sist·ance, nounnon·de·sist·ence, nounnon·de·sist·ing, adjective, nounun·de·sist·ing, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for desisted

Historical Examples

  • He desisted at last and looked back at us with a mien of anger.

    The Bacillus of Beauty

    Harriet Stark

  • On hearing this Pee-wee desisted from any further criticism.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

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

  • The children, wide-eyed in awe and wonder, desisted in their play.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

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

    Almayer's Folly

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for desisted

desist

verb
  1. (intr often foll by from) to cease, as from an action; stop or abstain
Derived Formsdesistance or 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

Word Origin and History for desisted

desist

v.

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

Idioms and Phrases with desisted

desisted

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

  • About
  • Cookies, Terms, & Privacy
© 2018 Dictionary.com, LLC.