verb (used with object)

  1. to withstand, strive against, or oppose: to resist infection; to resist temptation.
  2. to withstand the action or effect of: to resist spoilage.
  3. to refrain or abstain from, especially with difficulty or reluctance: They couldn’t resist the chocolates.

verb (used without object)

  1. to make a stand or make efforts in opposition; act in opposition; offer resistance.


  1. a substance that prevents or inhibits some effect from taking place, as a coating on a surface of a metallic printing plate that prevents or inhibits corrosion of the metal by acid.
  2. Textiles. a chemically inert substance used in resist printing.


  1. to stand firm (against); not yield (to); fight (against)
  2. (tr) to withstand the deleterious action of; be proof againstto resist corrosion
  3. (tr) to oppose; refuse to accept or comply withto resist arrest; to resist the introduction of new technology
  4. (tr) to refrain from, esp in spite of temptation (esp in the phrases cannot or could not resist (something))


  1. a substance used to protect something, esp a coating that prevents corrosion

late 14c., from Old French resister “hold out against” (14c.), from Latin resistere “to make a stand against, oppose; to stand back; withstand,” from re- “against” (see re-) + sistere “take a stand, stand firm” (see assist). Related: Resisted; resisting.

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