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Meaning of “resist” in the English Dictionary

"resist" in British English

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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.

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(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 ​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

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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)
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