[ ri-zahyl ]
/ rɪˈzaɪl /

verb (used without object), re·siled, re·sil·ing.

to spring back; rebound; resume the original form or position, as an elastic body.
to shrink back; recoil.

Origin of resile

1520–30; < Middle French resilir < Latin resilīre to spring back; see resilient

Related forms

re·sile·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for resile


/ (rɪˈzaɪl) /


(intr) to spring or shrink back; recoil or resume original shape

Derived Forms

resilement, noun

Word Origin for resile

C16: from Old French resilir, from Latin resilīre to jump back, from re- + salīre to jump
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