- 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.
Origin of resist
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1. confront, counteract, rebuff. See oppose.
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Examples from the Web for resister
Everything strives forwards, forwards, dragging the resister along with ecstatic power.mile Verhaeren
- 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
Word Origin and History for resister
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