verb (used without object)
- desire under the elms,
- desk calendar,
- desk clerk,
- desk copier,
- desk jobber
Origin of desist
Examples from the Web for desisted
After a third attempt I desisted, not a little hurt, I confess, but not in the least inclined to quarrel with him.Wilfrid Cumbermede|George MacDonald
That she has desisted is a mercy for which man may be devoutly thankful.The History of "Punch"|M. H. Spielmann
He questioned Grizel gently, but questions alarmed her, and he desisted.Tommy and Grizel|J.M. Barrie
If she had written to him once, if she had come to him once, would he have desisted?Coniston, Complete|Winston Churchill
Overcome however by the unanimous feeling of the senators, he desisted: the law is carried without opposition.The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08|Titus Livius
Word Origin for desist
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.
see cease and desist.