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desist

[ dih-zist, -sist ]
/ dɪˈzɪst, -ˈsɪst /
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verb (used without object)

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

RELATED WORDS

relinquish, abstain, cease, forbear, quit, suspend, end, halt, avoid, discontinue, yield, pause, resign, abandon, surcease

Nearby words

desirable, desire, desire under the elms, desired, desirous, desist, desk, desk calendar, desk clerk, desk copier, desk jobber

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 desisting

desist

/ (dɪˈzɪst) /

verb

(intr often foll by from) to cease, as from an action; stop or abstain
Derived Formsdesistance 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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Word Origin and History for desisting

desist


v.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with desisting

desist


see cease and desist.

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