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desist

[dih-zist, -sist] /dɪˈzɪst, -ˈsɪst/
verb (used without object)
1.
to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop.
Origin of desist
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Old French desister < Latin dēsistere to leave off, equivalent to dē- de- + sistere to stand, place, akin to stāre to stand
Related forms
desistance, desistence, noun
nondesistance, noun
nondesistence, noun
nondesisting, adjective, noun
undesisting, adjective
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  • A policeman is called and the officer gives the woman notice that he will arrest her if she does not desist.

    Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici
  • This time he did not desist until he had broken through the panel.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The remonstrative shouts of his friends, however, induced him to desist, and he sat down to work in a less perilous position.

    Rivers of Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • She stood on a balcony above, and called upon the people to desist, and hear her.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • Batista some years, during which he continued to paint, and to form pupils, until infirmity and old age compelled him to desist.

British Dictionary definitions for desist

desist

/dɪˈzɪst/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by from. to cease, as from an action; stop or abstain
Derived Forms
desistance, desistence, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French desister, from Latin dēsistere to leave off, stand apart, from de- + sistere to stand, halt
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Word Origin and History for desist
v.

mid-15c., from Middle French désister (mid-14c.), from Latin desistere "to stand aside, leave off, cease," from de- "off" (see de-) + sistere "stop, come to a stand" (see assist). Related: Desisted; desisting.

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Idioms and Phrases with desist

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