resist

[ri-zist]
verb (used with object)
1.
to withstand, strive against, or oppose: to resist infection; to resist temptation.
2.
to withstand the action or effect of: to resist spoilage.
3.
to refrain or abstain from, especially with difficulty or reluctance: They couldn't resist the chocolates.
verb (used without object)
4.
to make a stand or make efforts in opposition; act in opposition; offer resistance.
noun
5.
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.
6.
Textiles. a chemically inert substance used in resist printing.

Origin:
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

resister, noun
resistingly, adverb
interresist, verb
nonresisting, adjective
overresist, verb
quasi-resisted, adjective
unresisted, adjective
unresisting, adjective

resister, resistor.


1. confront, counteract, rebuff. See oppose.
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resist (rɪˈzɪst)
 
vb
1.  to stand firm (against); not yield (to); fight (against)
2.  (tr) to withstand the deleterious action of; be proof against: to resist corrosion
3.  (tr) to oppose; refuse to accept or comply with: to resist arrest; to resist the introduction of new technology
4.  (tr) to refrain from, esp in spite of temptation (esp in the phrases cannotorcould not resist (something))
 
n
5.  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]
 
re'sister
 
n
 
re'sistible
 
adj
 
resisti'bility
 
n
 
re'sistibly
 
adv

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resist
late 14c., from O.Fr. resister, from L. resistere "to resist, to stand back, withstand," from re- "against" + sistere "take a stand, stand firm" (see assist).
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Example sentences
These words invite you to decipher their meanings, all the while resisting
  interpretation.
Rubberized inner deck coating grips the kayak combing from the inside,
  resisting slippage.
But the skin is rubbery and durable, resisting tears and punctures.
The challenge of working at a travel magazine is resisting the constant
  temptation to travel.
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