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desist

verb [I]     /dɪˈsɪst/ formal
to stop doing something, especially something that someone else does not want you to do: The soldiers have been ordered to desist from firing their guns. The high winds are expected to desist tomorrow.Abstaining and refrainingCausing something to endComing to an end
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