To cease doing something; forbear. See Synonyms at stop.(verb-intransitive)
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Use "desist" in a sentence
"The committee has been "ordered to cease and desist from the use of campaign literature" from Fenty's primary campaign."
"They did not desist from the work until the Wazir ordered a number of his people to remove to this city with their families."
"We have received a letter to desist from the creation of the Stargate: Source mod."