resist Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “resist” in the English Dictionary

"resist" in British English

See all translations

resistverb

uk   us   /rɪˈzɪst/
C1 [I or T] to ​fight against something or someone that is ​attacking you: The ​soldiers resisted (the ​enemyattacks) for two ​days. [T] to ​refuse to ​accept or be ​changed by something: The ​partyleader resisted demands for his ​resignation. He ​tried to ​run away from the ​police and was ​charged with resisting arrest. The new ​hybridcrops are much ​better at resisting disease.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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of resist from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"resist" in American English

See all translations

resistverb [I/T]

 us   /rɪˈzɪst/
to ​fight against or ​oppose something or someone: [T] Students ​want to ​discover the ​truth themselves, and they resist having ​conclusionsforced upon them. To resist is also to ​keep or ​stop yourself from doing something: [T] I couldn’t resist ​laughing at him.
(Definition of resist from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"resist" in Business English

See all translations

resistverb

uk   us   /rɪˈzɪst/
[I or T] to fight against something or someone: The ​group resisted for several weeks. The ​computers resisted the ​virus.
[T] to ​refuse to ​accept or be ​changed by something: The ​party resisted the ​spendingcuts.
[T] to ​stop yourself from doing something that you want to do: Resisting the temptation to tuck into ​pensionincome early is vital.
(Definition of resist from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of resist?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“resist” in Business English

Word of the Day

carnival

(a special occasion or period of) public enjoyment and entertainment involving wearing unusual clothes, dancing, and eating and drinking, usually held in the streets of a city

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More