verb (used without object)
to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop.
Origin of desist
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(intr often foll by from) to cease, as from an action; stop or abstain
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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see cease and desist.
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