desist

[ dih-zist, -sist ]
/ dɪˈzɪst, -ˈsɪst /

verb (used without object)

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

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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

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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