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Definition of desist verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

desist

 verb
verb
NAmE//dɪˈzɪst//
 
, NAmE//dɪˈsɪst//
 
[intransitive] desist (from something/from doing something) (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they desist
 
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he / she / it desists
 
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past simple desisted
 
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-ing form desisting
 
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  • to stop doing something They agreed to desist from the bombing campaign.
  • Idioms
    cease and desist (law)
     
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    used in official orders to tell someone to stop doing something
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: desist

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