- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to refuse to accept something and try to stop it from happening synonym oppose resist (something) to resist change They are determined to resist pressure to change the law. She steadfastly resisted all attempts to help her. I believe we should resist calls for tighter controls. resist doing something The bank strongly resisted cutting interest rates.
- 2 [intransitive, transitive] to fight back when attacked; to use force to stop something from happening He tried to pin me down, but I resisted. resist something She was charged with resisting arrest.
- 3 [transitive, intransitive] (usually in negative sentences) to stop yourself from having something you like or doing something you very much want to do resist (something) I finished the cake. I couldn't resist it. I found the temptation to miss the class too hard to resist. Eric couldn’t resist a smile when she finally agreed. resist doing something He couldn't resist showing off his new car. More Like This Verbs usually followed by -ing forms avoid, consider, delay, deny, enjoy, escape, finish, give up, imagine, involve, mention, mind, miss, postpone, practise, resist, risk, suggestSee worksheet.
- 4 [transitive] resist something to not be harmed or damaged by something A healthy diet should help your body resist infection. This new paint is designed to resist heat. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French resister or Latin resistere, from re- (expressing opposition) + sistere
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BrE BrE//rɪˈzɪst//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɪst//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they resist
BrE BrE//rɪˈzɪst//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɪst//he / she / it resists
BrE BrE//rɪˈzɪsts//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɪsts//past simple resisted
BrE BrE//rɪˈzɪstɪd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɪstɪd//past participle resisted
BrE BrE//rɪˈzɪstɪd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɪstɪd//-ing form resisting
BrE BrE//rɪˈzɪstɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈzɪstɪŋ//