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verb resist pronunciation in American English /rɪˈzɪst/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleresisting
past tenseresisted
past participleresisted
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to oppose or fight against someone or something
    The judge resisted pressure to lengthen the sentence.
    The ANC had previously resisted calls for such a meeting.
    resist arrest: One protester was injured while resisting arrest.
    Antibodies help us resist infection.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] [often in negatives] to stop yourself from doing something that you would very much like to do
    It’s difficult to resist a challenge like that.
    resist doing something: She couldn’t resist asking him about his date.
    resist (the) temptation: He was unable to resist the temptation of taking the wallet.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to not be affected or harmed by something
    The bomb shelters are designed to resist heat and toxic fumes.


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