- to withstand, strive against, or oppose: to resist infection; to resist temptation.
- to withstand the action or effect of: to resist spoilage.
- to refrain or abstain from, especially with difficulty or reluctance: They couldn't resist the chocolates.
- to make a stand or make efforts in opposition; act in opposition; offer resistance.
- a substance that prevents or inhibits some effect from taking place, as a coating on a surface of a metallic printing plate that prevents or inhibits corrosion of the metal by acid.
- Textiles. a chemically inert substance used in resist printing.
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Examples from the Web for resist
I need to resist my urge to talk them into my truth, just so I can feel more comfortable and secure.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
They are made in a social setting, surrounded by lots of other people with various ways to resist bad decisions.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
The left had long tried to resist it through a diverse mix of organizations, devoted to different goals, and all to no avail.The Left’s Answer to ALEC
December 15, 2014
The papers report that J.W. was too afraid to resist his command for her to perform oral sex on him.Rape, Lies & Videotape in Ferguson
November 18, 2014
People sent her bits of information as a way for them to resist the hegemony of the cartels.She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder.
October 21, 2014
She had not life enough left to resist the shock of her father-in-law's blows.Weighed and Wanting
Why resist, and refuse the glory of belonging to the faculty?The Imaginary Invalid
"I'll do it," I cried, no longer able to resist, for the fever of it was in my blood.The Bacillus of Beauty
They are my strength; they give me the courage to resist you.
She was so distressed to find that she no longer had strength to resist her pride.
- to stand firm (against); not yield (to); fight (against)
- (tr) to withstand the deleterious action of; be proof againstto resist corrosion
- (tr) to oppose; refuse to accept or comply withto resist arrest; to resist the introduction of new technology
- (tr) to refrain from, esp in spite of temptation (esp in the phrases cannot or could not resist (something))
- a substance used to protect something, esp a coating that prevents corrosion
C14: from Latin resistere to stand still, oppose, from re- + sistere to stand firm
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Word Origin and History for resist
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