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.

Primary Meanings of resist

1.
v
withstand the force of something
2.
v
elude, especially in a baffling way
3.
v
resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ
Full Definitions of resist
1

v 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
Type of:
defend, fight, fight back, fight down, oppose
fight against or resist strongly

v express opposition through action or words

Synonyms:
dissent, protest
Types:
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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
serve as pickets or post pickets
revolt
make revolution
mutiny
engage in a mutiny against an authority
Type of:
contradict, controvert, oppose
be resistant to

v stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

Synonyms:
hold out, stand firm, withstand
Antonyms:
give up, surrender
give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another
Types:
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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

v refuse to comply

Synonyms:
balk, baulk, jib
Type of:
disobey
refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient
2

v elude, especially in a baffling way

Synonyms:
defy, refuse
Antonyms:
apply, lend oneself
be applicable to; as to an analysis
apply, go for, hold
be pertinent or relevant or applicable
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Types:
beggar
be beyond the resources of
Type of:
elude, escape
be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
3

v resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ

Synonyms:
refuse, reject
Type of:
react, respond
show a response or a reaction to something

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