- 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 resisting
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At least for now, Modern Family is taking the less-is-more approach, and resisting turning it into The Lily Show.Stop Hating on ‘Modern Family’ (But Also Stop Giving It Emmys)
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“Transferred blood to my uniform while Davis was resisting,” the cop said.The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie
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Recently another woman was shot dead for resisting rape in Meghalaya.How India’s Elites Encourage Rape
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The scapegoat is invariably an outsider, existing at the margins of a community, and resisting its core values.Why Do We Hate Hipsters So F'ing Much?
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There was no resisting that prayer, it seemed so like the last.Night and Morning, Complete
It was like resisting a dumb spirit and forcing the words from my lips.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Carr hesitated, resisting the impulse to take Mado at his word.
Gently he tried to pry their resisting hands away from hers.Now We Are Three
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You will scarcely think of resisting a king's officer in British waters!Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
- 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 resisting
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