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Definition of desist verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

desist

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɪst//
 
; BrE BrE//dɪˈsɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsɪst//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they desist
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɪst//
 
; BrE BrE//dɪˈsɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsɪst//
 
he / she / it desists
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɪsts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɪsts//
 
; BrE BrE//dɪˈsɪsts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsɪsts//
 
past simple desisted
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɪstɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɪstɪd//
 
; BrE BrE//dɪˈsɪstɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsɪstɪd//
 
past participle desisted
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɪstɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɪstɪd//
 
; BrE BrE//dɪˈsɪstɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsɪstɪd//
 
-ing form desisting
BrE BrE//dɪˈzɪstɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzɪstɪŋ//
 
; BrE BrE//dɪˈsɪstɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsɪstɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] desist (from something/from doing something) (formal) to stop doing something They agreed to desist from the bombing campaign. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French desister, from Latin desistere, from de- ‘down from’ + sistere ‘to stop’ (reduplication of stare ‘to stand’).
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