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Definitions for desist
dɪˈzɪst, -ˈsɪstde·sist

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word desist.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstain, refrain, desistverb

    choose not to consume

    "I abstain from alcohol"

Wiktionary

  1. desistverb

    To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DESISTverb

    To cease from any thing; to stop.

    Etymology: desisto, Latin.

    Desist, thou art discern’d,
    And toil’st in vain; nor me in vain molest. John Milton, Pa. Lost.

    There are many who will not quit a project, though they find it pernicious or absurd; but will readily desist from it, when they are convinced it is impracticable. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

ChatGPT

  1. desist

    To desist means to stop or cease doing something, often referring to actions or behaviors that are harmful or undesirable. It can also refer to abstaining from continuing a legal action.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Desistverb

    to cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from

  2. Etymology: [L. desistere; de- + sistere to stand, stop, fr. stare to stand: cf. F. dsister. See Stand.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Desist

    de-sist′, v.i. to stop: to forbear.—ns. Desist′ance, -ence, a desisting. [Fr.,—L. desistĕrede, away, and sistĕre, to cause to stand.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of desist in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of desist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of desist in a Sentence

  1. Bernardino Leon:

    I urge the respective leaderships ... to listen to calls within their respective houses, and those of the Libyan people, and to desist from any further attempts and maneuvering to obstruct the democratic process.

  2. John Comenius:

    To hate a man because he was born in another country, because he speaks a different language, or because he takes a different view of this subject or that, is a great folly. Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human...Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity.

  3. John Brewer:

    It’s obviously a very distorted and unflattering photo, and it’s hurtful and it’s wrong, i want whoever is behind the use of this image to cease and desist and do so immediately or it will leave me with no option but to pursue legal recourse against them. According to the article, attorneys say the ads could violate the former governor’s right of publicity, which gives her control over her image and name. One of the images appears to be a cropped version of a June 2010 Reuters picture, The Arizona Republic reported. It was unclear who took the other photo. The Arizona Republic reported that one of the ads featured on a recommendation widget sponsored by RevContent.com -- an ad network which buys space on websites, while another was provided by Content.ad. Katherine Saviola, a RevContent brand manager, told The Arizona Republic that they had not heard that.

  4. Pirkei Avot:

    The day is short, the task is great, the master is insistent. It is not your duty to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from it…

  5. Bernardino Leon:

    I urge the respective leaderships ... to listen to calls within their respective houses, and those of the Libyan people, and to desist from any further attempts and maneuverings to obstruct the democratic process.

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