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desist

[ dih-sist, -zist ]
/ dɪˈsɪst, -ˈzɪst /
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verb (used without object)

to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop.

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Origin of desist

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Old French desister, from Latin dēsistere “to leave off,” equivalent to dē- de- + sistere “to stand, place,” akin to stāre “to stand” (see stand)

OTHER WORDS FROM desist

de·sist·ance, de·sist·ence, nounnon·de·sist·ing, adjective, nounun·de·sist·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for desist

desist
/ (dɪˈzɪst) /

verb

(intr often foll by from) to cease, as from an action; stop or abstain

Derived forms of desist

desistance or desistence, noun

Word Origin for desist

C15: from Old French desister, from Latin dēsistere to leave off, stand apart, from de- + sistere to stand, halt
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Idioms and Phrases with desist

desist

see cease and desist.

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