- to withstand, strive against, or oppose: to resist infection; to resist temptation.
- to withstand the action or effect of: to resist spoilage.
- to refrain or abstain from, especially with difficulty or reluctance: They couldn't resist the chocolates.
- to make a stand or make efforts in opposition; act in opposition; offer resistance.
- a substance that prevents or inhibits some effect from taking place, as a coating on a surface of a metallic printing plate that prevents or inhibits corrosion of the metal by acid.
- Textiles. a chemically inert substance used in resist printing.
Origin of resist
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1. confront, counteract, rebuff. See oppose.
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Examples from the Web for resisted
I resisted it, though I was immediately told by someone in the group that the author reminded him of me.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
When two NYPD lieutenants intervened, police say Linsker put the trash can down but resisted arrest.The High-Priced Union Rep Charged With Attacking a Cop
December 19, 2014
Sen. Rand Paul, however, resisted gushing--in keeping with his contrarian brand.Kissy-Face The Nation: Washington’s Power Elite Smooch Bob Schieffer
November 18, 2014
Despite the force of logic at work here, it must be resisted.What Republicans Need Right Now Is a Good Internal Fight
November 6, 2014
“We resisted it for a while,” he said of his brother and himself.Live from San Antonio: Women in the World Texas!
Women in the World
October 23, 2014
And forthwith, as one who may not be resisted, he swept up the cards and began to shuffle.Way of the Lawless
He could not see how Mr. Roebuck's motion could be resisted.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
It never occurred to her that the girl might have been tempted to steal—and had not resisted the temptation.Within the Law
Most mighty were Timat's allies, they could not be resisted.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
A surprise, followed by a sustained attack, has been resisted.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- to stand firm (against); not yield (to); fight (against)
- (tr) to withstand the deleterious action of; be proof againstto resist corrosion
- (tr) to oppose; refuse to accept or comply withto resist arrest; to resist the introduction of new technology
- (tr) to refrain from, esp in spite of temptation (esp in the phrases cannot or could not resist (something))
- a substance used to protect something, esp a coating that prevents corrosion
C14: from Latin resistere to stand still, oppose, from re- + sistere to stand firm
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Word Origin and History for resisted
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