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resist

re·sist

resist

 
pronunciation:
rih zIst
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: resisted, resisting, resists
definition 1: to actively oppose or strive against.
The workers are resisting the new rules.The police claim that the man resisted arrest.The underground group did what they could to resist the occupation government.
synonyms:
oppose
antonyms:
accept, tolerate
similar words:
antagonize, combat, counter, cross, defy, fight
definition 2: to withstand the action or onslaught of.
The raincoat is made out of fabric that resists water.The milk is treated with chemicals to resist spoiling.The king's soldiers could no longer resist the forces of the invading army.
synonyms:
repel, withstand
antonyms:
submit, yield
similar words:
counter, counteract, foil, frustrate, stave off, thwart, weather
definition 3: to keep from surrendering to or from giving in to one's desire for.
I cannot resist potato chips if there is a bowl in front of me.He resisted the temptation to say something sarcastic to this pompous woman.Although her urge to confide was strong, she resisted telling him everything.
antonyms:
capitulate, succumb, surrender
similar words:
abstain from, eschew, forbear, forgo, keep from, refrain from, repel, withstand
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to assert oneself in opposition.
If the enemy invades our country, we will resist with all our might.
synonyms:
oppose
antonyms:
accommodate, comply, cooperate, submit, surrender
similar words:
balk, defend, fight, protest, repel, withstand
derivations: resistingly (adv.), resister (n.)
Word Builder: resist +
  • resistance1:
    the act of resisting.
  • resistance2:
    a force against the flow of electric current.
Word Parts
The word resist contains the following part:
sist Latin root that means stand
synonyms:
sta, stat, stant, -stance