[ 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 formsre·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 Formsresilement, 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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Word Origin and History for resile



1520s, "draw back," from obsolete French resiler "withdraw from an agreement," or directly from Latin resilire "to jump back" (see resilience). Meaning "spring back, start back, recoil" (of material things) from 1708. Related: Resiled; resiling.

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