v. re·sist·ed, re·sist·ing, re·sists
a. To take action in opposition to; try to eliminate, reduce, or stop: resisted the effort to close the school. See Synonyms at oppose.
b. To take action to defeat or thwart (an invading or occupying military force).
a. To remain unaltered, undamaged, or unaffected by; withstand: a crank that resists torque; a material that resists solar degradation.
b. To provide resistance to (an electrical current).
3. To keep from giving in to, engaging in, or enjoying: resisted pressure to conform; resisted investing in real estate.
To offer resistance.
A substance that can cover and protect a surface, as from corrosion.
[Middle English resisten, from Old French resister, from Latin resistere : re-, re- + sistere, to place; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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