verb (used without object)
- to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop.
- (intr often foll by from) to cease, as from an action; stop or abstain
mid-15c., from Middle French désister (mid-14c.), from Latin desistere “to stand aside, leave off, cease,” from de- “off” (see de-) + sistere “stop, come to a stand” (see assist). Related: Desisted; desisting.
see cease and desist.