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English definition of “resist”

resist

verb     /rɪˈzɪst/
C1 [I or T] to fight against something or someone that is attacking you: The soldiers resisted (the enemy attacks) for two days.Responding to an attack [T] to refuse to accept or be changed by something: The party leader resisted demands for his resignation. He tried to run away from the police and was charged with resisting arrest. The new hybrid crops are much better at resisting disease.Refusing and rejecting B2 [T] to stop yourself from doing something that you want to do: I can never resist temptation/chocolate/the urge to laugh. [+ -ing verb] She couldn't resist laughing at him in those clothes.Refusing and rejecting
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