[ ri-zist ]
/ rɪˈzɪst /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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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Origin of resist
synonym study for resist
1. See oppose.
OTHER WORDS FROM resist
re·sist·er, nounre·sist·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·re·sist, verbnon·re·sist·ing, adjective
o·ver·re·sist, verbqua·si-re·sist·ed, adjectiveun·re·sist·ed, adjectiveun·re·sist·ing, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH resistresister , resistor
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Example sentences from the Web for resist
Everything strives forwards, forwards, dragging the resister along with ecstatic power.mile Verhaeren|Stefan Zweig
British Dictionary definitions for resist
/ (rɪˈzɪst) /
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
Derived forms of resistresister, nounresistible, adjectiveresistibility, nounresistibly, adverb
Word Origin for resist
C14: from Latin resistere to stand still, oppose, from re- + sistere to stand firm
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