resist

To resist something is to keep it at bay or to fend off its influence or advance. You might not be able to resist the temptation to sneak out to the dance in spite of your parents' objections.

The verb resist comes from the Latin word resistere, meaning “to take a stand,” or “withstand.” People who are able to put up a wall — be it mental, physical, philosophical, emotional, or otherwise — to defend themselves or their group against a threat can be said to resist. The Amish community is still able to resist the influence of technology. Many a child will resist the suggestion to use a napkin. You might resist a second helping of pie.

Definitions of resist
  1. verb
    withstand the force of something
    “The trees resisted her”
    synonyms: fend, stand
    remain firm, stand
    hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright
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    defend, fight, fight back, fight down, oppose
    fight against or resist strongly
  2. verb
    express opposition through action or words
    synonyms: dissent, protest
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    strike, walk out
    stop work in order to press demands
    demonstrate, march
    march in protest; take part in a demonstration
    arise, rebel, rise, rise up
    take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
    rebel, renegade
    break with established customs
    picket
    take part in a strike or protest
    revolt
    make revolution
    mutiny
    engage in a mutiny against an authority
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    contradict, controvert, oppose
    be resistant to
  3. verb
    stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
    synonyms: hold out, stand firm, withstand
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    give up, surrender
    give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another
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    stand out
    be stubborn in resolution or resistance
    stand up
    refuse to back down; remain solid under criticism or attack
    outbrave
    resist bravely
    hold off
    resist and fight to a standoff
    remain firm, stand
    hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright
    defy, hold, hold up, withstand
    resist or confront with resistance
    brave, brave out, endure, weather
    face and withstand with courage
    type of:
    defend, fight, fight back, fight down, oppose
    fight against or resist strongly
  4. verb
    refuse to comply
    synonyms: balk, baulk, jib
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    disobey
    refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient
  5. verb
    elude, especially in a baffling way
    synonyms: defy, refuse
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    apply, lend oneself
    be applicable to; as to an analysis
    apply, go for, hold
    be pertinent or relevant or applicable
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    beggar
    be beyond the resources of
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    elude, escape
    be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
  6. verb
    resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ
    synonyms: refuse, reject
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    react, respond
    show a response or a reaction to something
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