Definition of "resist" [re•sist]

  • To strive to fend off or offset the actions, effects, or force of. (verb-transitive)
  • To remain firm against the actions, effects, or force of; withstand: a bacterium that resisted the antibiotic. (verb-transitive)
  • To keep from giving in to or enjoying. (verb-transitive)
  • To offer resistance. See Synonyms at oppose. (verb-intransitive)
  • A substance that can cover and protect a surface, as from corrosion. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "resist" in a sentence
  • "What we resist is concluding that devices like the Kindle may the solution."
  • "And the food that I can't resist is never the healthy stuff."
  • "The "sinful temptation" that Christians are forever urging LGBT people to resist is love."