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intr.v. de·sist·ed, de·sist·ing, de·sists
To cease doing something. See Synonyms at stop.
(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
to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop.
[1425–75; < Old French desister < Latin dēsistere to leave off]
Past participle: desisted
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|Verb||1.||desist - 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