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verb     resist pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participleresisting
past tenseresisted
past participleresisted
  1. 1
    [transitive] to oppose or fight against someone or something

    The ANC had previously resisted calls for such a meeting.

    resist arrest:

    One protester was injured while resisting arrest.

  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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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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