desist


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Related to desist: cease and desist order, Cease and desist

de·sist

 (dĭ-sĭst′, -zĭst′)
intr.v. de·sist·ed, de·sist·ing, de·sists
To cease doing something. See Synonyms at stop.

[Middle English desisten, from Old French desister, from Latin dēsistere : dē-, de- + sistere, to bring to a standstill; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

desist

(dɪˈzɪst)
vb
(often foll by: from) to cease, as from an action; stop or abstain
[C15: from Old French desister, from Latin dēsistere to leave off, stand apart, from de- + sistere to stand, halt]
deˈsistance, deˈsistence n

de•sist

(dɪˈzɪst, -ˈsɪst)

v.i.
to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop.
[1425–75; < Old French desister < Latin dēsistere to leave off]

desist


Past participle: desisted
Gerund: desisting

Imperative
desist
desist
Present
I desist
you desist
he/she/it desists
we desist
you desist
they desist
Preterite
I desisted
you desisted
he/she/it desisted
we desisted
you desisted
they desisted
Present Continuous
I am desisting
you are desisting
he/she/it is desisting
we are desisting
you are desisting
they are desisting
Present Perfect
I have desisted
you have desisted
he/she/it has desisted
we have desisted
you have desisted
they have desisted
Past Continuous
I was desisting
you were desisting
he/she/it was desisting
we were desisting
you were desisting
they were desisting
Past Perfect
I had desisted
you had desisted
he/she/it had desisted
we had desisted
you had desisted
they had desisted
Future
I will desist
you will desist
he/she/it will desist
we will desist
you will desist
they will desist
Future Perfect
I will have desisted
you will have desisted
he/she/it will have desisted
we will have desisted
you will have desisted
they will have desisted
Future Continuous
I will be desisting
you will be desisting
he/she/it will be desisting
we will be desisting
you will be desisting
they will be desisting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been desisting
you have been desisting
he/she/it has been desisting
we have been desisting
you have been desisting
they have been desisting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been desisting
you will have been desisting
he/she/it will have been desisting
we will have been desisting
you will have been desisting
they will have been desisting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been desisting
you had been desisting
he/she/it had been desisting
we had been desisting
you had been desisting
they had been desisting
Conditional
I would desist
you would desist
he/she/it would desist
we would desist
you would desist
they would desist
Past Conditional
I would have desisted
you would have desisted
he/she/it would have desisted
we would have desisted
you would have desisted
they would have desisted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.desist - choose not to consumedesist - choose not to consume; "I abstain from alcohol"
fast - abstain from eating; "Before the medical exam, you must fast"
fast - abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons; "Catholics sometimes fast during Lent"
keep off, avoid - refrain from certain foods or beverages; "I keep off drugs"; "During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"
teetotal - practice teetotalism and abstain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages

desist

verb stop, cease, refrain from, end, kick (informal), give up, suspend, break off, abstain, discontinue, leave off, have done with, give over (informal), forbear, belay (Nautical) Kindly desist from making so much noise.

desist

verb
To cease trying to accomplish or continue:
Informal: swear off.
Slang: lay off.
Translations
elállfelhagy

desist

[dɪˈzɪst] VI to desist from sthdesistir de algo
to desist from doing sthdejar or desistir de hacer algo
we begged him to desistle rogamos que desistiera or que lo dejara

desist

[dɪˈzɪst] vi (= stop) → cesser
to desist from sth → cesser qch
to desist from doing sth → cesser de faire qch

desist

vi (form)Abstand nehmen, absehen (from doing sth davon, etw zu tun, from sth von etw)

desist

[dɪˈzɪst] vi (frm) to desist (from)desistere (da)
References in classic literature ?
At last, after much dodging search, he finds the Tarshish ship receiving the last items of her cargo; and as he steps on board to see its Captain in the cabin, all the sailors for the moment desist from hoisting in the goods, to mark the stranger's evil eye.
Eliza and Georgiana, evidently acting according to orders, spoke to me as little as possible: John thrust his tongue in his cheek whenever he saw me, and once attempted chastisement; but as I instantly turned against him, roused by the same sentiment of deep ire and desperate revolt which had stirred my corruption before, he thought it better to desist, and ran from me tittering execrations, and vowing I had burst his nose.
Crupp said it was clear she couldn't be in two places at once (which I felt to be reasonable), and that 'a young gal' stationed in the pantry with a bedroom candle, there never to desist from washing plates, would be indispensable.
But after all I could not desist from telling her that night, for, as afterwards at her lodging we sat over the fire, talking as if we had known each other all our lives, there seemed no reason for an arbitrary delay.
Make room for the Jew in front of the lower ring,'' said Prince John, not unwilling perhaps to, seize an apology to desist from his original purpose;
de Chagny: you have no right to control them, and I will beg you to desist henceforth.
Then another voice, telling some "Heaven-forsaken idiot" to desist.
And as to the king, he learned his mind when he himself, after taking the Duchy of Urbino, attacked Tuscany, and the king made him desist from that undertaking; hence the duke decided to depend no more upon the arms and the luck of others.
To-morrow morning I will begin with the garret, nor desist till I have torn the house down
Orpheus celebrated this victory by playing a triumphant anthem on his harp, and sang so melodiously that Jason begged him to desist, lest, as the steel-feathered birds had been driven away by an ugly sound, they might be enticed back again by a sweet one.
Now, therefore, let us all do as I say; let us bring down the ships that are on the beach and draw them into the water; let us make them fast to their mooring-stones a little way out, against the fall of night--if even by night the Trojans will desist from fighting; we may then draw down the rest of the fleet.
The reason why I have asked you to desist is that I can see that your conduct is causing the General annoyance.