[ ri-zist ]
/ rɪˈzɪst /
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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

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English resisten (verb), from Latin resistere “to remain standing,” equivalent to re- “again, back” + sistere “to cause to stand,” akin to stāre “to stand”; see origin at re-, stand
1. See oppose.
resister , resistor
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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
resister, nounresistible, adjectiveresistibility, nounresistibly, adverb
C14: from Latin resistere to stand still, oppose, from re- + sistere to stand firm
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