- to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop.
Origin of desist
Related Words for desistingrelinquish, abstain, cease, forbear, quit, suspend, end, halt, avoid, discontinue, yield, pause, resign, abandon, surcease
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Historical Examples of desisting
Desisting from their search, they resolved to keep a look-out.The Boy Slaves
But Blue Streak had no intention of desisting as long as the roan was in front.The Fighting Edge
William MacLeod Raine
Desisting, we fronted to each other, but not for an explanation.The War Trail
Desisting from this, he began to wander about the far end of the field, aimlessly.Dubliners
Desisting from his labours, he regarded the mass of coal with studied interest.A Lively Bit of the Front
Percy F. Westerman
- (intr often foll by from) to cease, as from an action; stop or abstain
Word Origin for desist
see cease and desist.