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English definition of “resist”

resist

verb [I, T]
 
 
/rɪˈzɪst/
AVOID B2 to stop yourself from doing something that you want to do: I can't resist chocolate. [+ doing sth] I just can't resist reading other people's mail.Avoiding actionLaziness and lazy people
NOT ACCEPT to refuse to accept something and try to stop it from happening: The President is resisting calls for him to resign.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
FIGHT to fight against someone or something that is attacking you: British troops resisted the attack for two days.Responding to an attack
(Definition of resist from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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