desist

  • 1 desist — I verb abstain, arrest, be quiescent, call off, cease, check, desinere, desistere, discontinue, end, finish, forbear, freeze, halt, hold, intermit, interrupt, leave off, make inactive, put a stop to, refrain, repose, rest, stand, stay, stop,… …

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  • 2 Desist — De*sist (?; 277), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Desisted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Desisting}.] [L. desistere; de + sistere to stand, stop, fr. stare to stand: cf. F. d[ e]sister. See {Stand}.] To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; often with from.… …

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  • 3 desist — [di zist′, disist′] vi. [LME desisten < OFr desister < L desistere < de , from + sistere, to cause to stand < stare, to STAND] to cease (from an action); stop; abstain [desist from fighting] SYN. STOP desistance n …

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  • 4 desist — mid 15c., from M.Fr. désister (mid 14c.), from L. desistere to stand aside, leave off, cease, from de off (see DE (Cf. de )) + sistere stop, come to a stand (see ASSIST (Cf. assist)). Related: Desisted; desisting …

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  • 5 desist — discontinue, cease, *stop, quit Analogous words: *refrain, abstain, forbear: *relinquish, yield, abandon, resign Antonyms: persist Contrasted words: *continue: *persevere …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 desist — [v] stop, refrain from abandon, abstain, avoid, break off, cease, discontinue, end, forbear, give over, give up, halt, have done with*, knock off*, leave off, not do, pause, quit, relinquish, resign, surcease, suspend, yield; concept 119 Ant.… …

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  • 7 desist — ► VERB ▪ cease; abstain. ORIGIN Latin desistere, from sistere to stop …

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  • 8 desist — v. (formal) (D; intr.) to desist from (to desist from further litigation) * * * [dɪ zɪst] (formal) (D; intr.) to desist from (to desist from further litigation) …

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  • 9 desist — UK [dɪˈzɪst] / US [dɪˈsɪst] verb [intransitive] Word forms desist : present tense I/you/we/they desist he/she/it desists present participle desisting past tense desisted past participle desisted formal to stop doing something They were requested… …

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  • 10 desist — de|sist [dıˈzıst, dıˈsıst] v [i]formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: desister, from Latin sistere to stand, stop ] to stop doing something ▪ We hope that the military regime will desist from its acts of violence. →cease and desist at… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 desist — [[t]dɪzɪ̱st[/t]] desists, desisting, desisted VERB If you desist from doing something, you stop doing it. [FORMAL] [V from ing/n] Ford never desisted from trying to persuade him to return to America... [V from ing/n] The magazine will desist from …

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  • 12 desist — Synonyms and related words: abandon, abdicate, abjure, abort, acknowledge defeat, belay, cancel, cease, cede, come off, cry quits, cut it out, cut out, desist from, discontinue, disuse, drop, drop it, end, forgo, forswear, give, give over, give… …

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  • 13 desist — de|sist [ dı sıst ] verb intransitive FORMAL to stop doing something: They were requested to desist from carrying out further experiments …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 desist — [dɪ sɪst, dɪ zɪst] verb (often desist from) stop doing something. Origin ME: from OFr. desister, from L. desistere, from de down from + sistere to stop …

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  • 15 desist — verb (I) formal to stop doing something (+ from): You are ordered to desist from such behaviour …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 desist — verb manufacturers were ordered to desist from dumping chemicals in the river Syn: abstain from, refrain from, forbear from, hold back from, keep from; stop, cease, discontinue, suspend, give up, break off, drop, dispense with, eschew; informal… …

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  • 17 desist — v.intr. (often foll. by from) literary abstain; cease (please desist from interrupting; when requested, he desisted). Etymology: OF desister f. L desistere (as DE , sistere stop, redupl. f. stare stand) …

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  • 18 desist — intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French desister, from Latin desistere, from de + sistere to stand, stop; akin to Latin stare to stand more at stand Date: 15th century to cease to proceed or act Synonyms: see stop •… …

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  • 19 desist — desistance, desistence, n. /di zist , sist /, v.i. to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop. [1425 75; late ME < OF desister < L desistere to leave off, equiv. to de DE + sistere to stand, place, akin to stare to STAND] * * * …

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  • 20 desist — verb To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; often with from. One Ear was uttering quick, eager whines, lunging at the length of his stick toward the darkness, and desisting now and again in order to make frantic attacks on the stick… …

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