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Meaning & Definition of Resist in English

English

Resist

/rɪzɪst/

verb

1. Elude, especially in a baffling way

  • "This behavior defies explanation"
    synonym:
  • defy
  • ,
  • resist
  • ,
  • refuse

2. Stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

    synonym:
  • resist
  • ,
  • hold out
  • ,
  • withstand
  • ,
  • stand firm

3. Express opposition through action or words

  • "Dissent to the laws of the country"
    synonym:
  • protest
  • ,
  • resist
  • ,
  • dissent

4. Withstand the force of something

  • "The trees resisted her"
  • "Stand the test of time"
  • "The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow"
    synonym:
  • resist
  • ,
  • stand
  • ,
  • fend

5. Resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ

  • "His body rejected the liver of the donor"
    synonym:
  • resist
  • ,
  • reject
  • ,
  • refuse

6. Refuse to comply

    synonym:
  • resist
  • ,
  • balk
  • ,
  • baulk
  • ,
  • jib

Examples of using

He couldn't resist the temptation.
He could not resist the temptation.
I can resist everything but temptation.