Meaning of “resist” in the English Dictionary

"resist" in British English

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resistverb

uk /rɪˈzɪst/ us /rɪˈzɪst/

C1 [ I or T ] to fight against something or someone that is attacking you:

The soldiers resisted (the enemy attacks) for two days.

[ 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.

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.

More examples

  • He couldn't resist embellishing the story of his accident a little.
  • The town had been besieged for two months but still resisted the aggressors.
  • They are bravely resisting subjugation by their more powerful neighbours.
  • General Rattigan summoned reinforcements to help resist the attack.
  • He usually resists attempts to introduce new procedures.

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

"resist" in American English

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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 conclusions forced 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

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resistverb

uk /rɪˈzɪst/ us

[ 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 spending cuts.

[ T ] to stop yourself from doing something that you want to do:

Resisting the temptation to tuck into pension income early is vital.

(Definition of “resist” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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