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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 ?
Pickwick, who was only brought to, by the fiddles and harp desisting, and could have been stopped by no other earthly power, if the house had been on fire.
The old lady submitted to this piece of practical politeness with all the dignity which befitted so important and serious a solemnity, but the younger ladies, not being so thoroughly imbued with a superstitious veneration for the custom, or imagining that the value of a salute is very much enhanced if it cost a little trouble to obtain it, screamed and struggled, and ran into corners, and threatened and remonstrated, and did everything but leave the room, until some of the less adventurous gentlemen were on the point of desisting, when they all at once found it useless to resist any longer, and submitted to be kissed with a good grace.