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resist (v.)

late 14c., resisten, of persons, "withstand (someone), oppose;" of things, "stop or hinder (a moving body);" from Old French resister "hold out against" (14c.) and directly from Latin resistere "to make a stand against, oppose; to stand back; withstand," from re- "against" (see re-) + sistere "take a stand, stand firm" (from PIE root *sta- "to stand, make or be firm"). Of attacks, invasions, etc., 1530s. Related: Resisted; resisting.

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Definitions of resist from WordNet

resist (v.)
elude, especially in a baffling way;
Synonyms: defy / refuse
resist (v.)
stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something;
Synonyms: hold out / withstand / stand firm
resist (v.)
express opposition through action or words;
Synonyms: protest / dissent
resist (v.)
withstand the force of something;
The trees resisted her
Synonyms: stand / fend
resist (v.)
resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ;
Synonyms: reject / refuse
resist (v.)
refuse to comply;
Synonyms: balk / baulk / jib
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