resist

resist
re|sist
W3 [rıˈzıst] v
[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: resistere, from sistere 'to stop']
1.) [I,T usually in negatives]
to stop yourself from having something that you like very much or doing something that you want to do
cannot resist (doing) sth
I just can't resist chocolate.
She can never resist buying new shoes.
it is hard/difficult/impossible to resist sth
It's hard to resist an invitation like that.
resist the temptation/urge to do sth
She resisted the temptation to laugh.
They only wanted 3 dollars for it, so how could I resist?
2.) [T]
to try to prevent a change from happening, or prevent yourself from being forced to do something
He resisted pressure to resign.
resist doing sth
For months the company has resisted changing its accounts system.
strongly/fiercely/vigorously etc resist
The proposal was strongly resisted by the police.
3.) [I and T]
to use force to stop something from happening
strongly/fiercely/firmly etc resist
Demonstrators violently resisted attempts to remove them from the building.
He was charged with trying to resist arrest .
4.) [T]
to not be changed or harmed by something
your ability to resist infection

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