Definitions for resistrɪˈzɪst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to withstand, strive against, or oppose.

  2. to withstand the action or effect of.

  3. to refrain or abstain from, esp. with difficulty:

    They couldn't resist the chocolates.

  4. (v.i.)to act or make efforts in opposition.

  5. (n.)a substance that prevents or inhibits an effect, as a coating on a surface of a metallic printing plate that prevents or inhibits corrosion of the metal by acid.

    Category: Chemistry

  6. a dye-resistant substance applied to specific areas of a fabric before its immersion in a dye bath and afterward removed, creating a pattern on a colored ground.

    Category: Textiles

* Syn: See oppose.

Origin of resist:

1325–75; ME (v.) < L resistere to remain standing =re-re - +sistere to cause to stand, akin to stāre to stand


Princeton's WordNet

  1. defy, resist, refuse(verb)

    elude, especially in a baffling way

    "This behavior defies explanation"

  2. resist, hold out, withstand, stand firm(verb)

    stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

  3. protest, resist, dissent(verb)

    express opposition through action or words

    "dissent to the laws of the country"

  4. resist, stand, fend(verb)

    withstand the force of something

    "The trees resisted her"; "stand the test of time"; "The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow"

  5. resist, reject, refuse(verb)

    resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ

    "His body rejected the liver of the donor"

  6. resist, balk, baulk, jib(verb)

    refuse to comply

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. resist(verb)ɪˈzɪst

    ≠ give in

    I really wanted the chocolate, but I resisted.; Try to resist the temptation to spend more money.

  2. resistɪˈzɪst

    ≠ surrender

    If they resisted capture they would be shot.

  3. resistɪˈzɪst

    to oppose or challenge

    to resist arrest

  4. resistɪˈzɪst

    to not be harmed or damaged

    A stronger roof could have resisted the storm.


  1. resist(Noun)

    A protective coating or covering.

  2. resist(Verb)

    To attempt to counter the actions or effects of.

  3. resist(Verb)

    To withstand the actions of.

  4. resist(Verb)

    To oppose.

  5. Origin: From resistre, resister, and their source, resistere, from re- + sistere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resist(verb)

    to stand against; to withstand; to obstruct

  2. Resist(verb)

    to strive against; to endeavor to counteract, defeat, or frustrate; to act in opposition to; to oppose

  3. Resist(verb)

    to counteract, as a force, by inertia or reaction

  4. Resist(verb)

    to be distasteful to

  5. Resist(verb)

    to make opposition

  6. Resist(noun)

    a substance used to prevent a color or mordant from fixing on those parts to which it has been applied, either by acting machanically in preventing the color, etc., from reaching the cloth, or chemically in changing the color so as to render it incapable of fixing itself in the fibers.. The pastes prepared for this purpose are called resist pastes


  1. Resist

    In semiconductor fabrication, a resist is a thin layer used to transfer a circuit pattern to the semiconductor substrate which it is deposited upon. A resist can be patterned via lithography to form a micrometer-scale, temporary mask that protects selected areas of the underlying substrate during subsequent processing steps. The material used to prepare said thin layer is typically a viscous solution. Resists are generally proprietary mixtures of a polymer or its precursor and other small molecules that have been specially formulated for a given lithography technology. Resists used during photolithography are called photoresists.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'resist' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4508

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'resist' in Verbs Frequency: #518

Anagrams of resist

  1. resits, risest, Sister, sister

Translations for resist

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to fight against, usually successfully

The soldiers resisted the enemy attack; He tried to resist arrest; It's hard to resist temptation.

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