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[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.
Origin of resist
1325-75; Middle English resisten (v.) < Latin resistere to remain standing, equivalent to re- re- + sistere to cause to stand, akin to stāre to stand
Related forms
resister, noun
resistingly, adverb
interresist, verb
nonresisting, adjective
overresist, verb
quasi-resisted, adjective
unresisted, adjective
unresisting, adjective
Can be confused
resister, resistor.
1. confront, counteract, rebuff. See oppose. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They screamed as if escaping death; they resisted as if some one were flaying them.

    Let us follow Him Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • The grasp, though gentle as a woman's hand, was not to be resisted.

    A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
  • She was terrified, but she laughed; she knew that her mirth would rouse his fury, but it was not to be resisted.

  • This is the temptation to be resisted—this is the sin to be avoided.

    The Price of a Soul William Jennings Bryan
  • Mr. Gladstone declared that Burke was directly responsible for the war with France, for "Pitt could not have resisted him."

    Collections and Recollections George William Erskine Russell
British Dictionary definitions for resisted


to stand firm (against); not yield (to); fight (against)
(transitive) to withstand the deleterious action of; be proof against: to resist corrosion
(transitive) to oppose; refuse to accept or comply with: to resist arrest, to resist the introduction of new technology
(transitive) 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
resister, noun
resistible, adjective
resistibility, noun
resistibly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin resistere to stand still, oppose, from re- + sistere to stand firm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for resisted



late 14c., from Old French resister "hold out against" (14c.), from Latin resistere "to make a stand against, oppose; to stand back; withstand," from re- "against" (see re-) + sistere "take a stand, stand firm" (see assist). Related: Resisted; resisting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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