de·sist (dĭ-sĭst, -zĭst)
intr.v. de·sist·ed, de·sist·ing, de·sists
To cease doing something. See Synonyms at stop.
[Middle English desisten, from Old French desister, from Latin dēsistere : dē-, de- + sistere, to bring to a standstill; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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