1 to stand firm (against); not yield (to); fight (against)
2 tr to withstand the deleterious action of; be proof against
to resist corrosion
3 tr to oppose; refuse to accept or comply with
to resist arrest, to resist the introduction of new technology
4 tr to refrain from, esp. in spite of temptation (esp. in the phrases cannot or could not resist (something))
5 a substance used to protect something, esp. a coating that prevents corrosion
(C14: from Latin resistere to stand still, oppose, from re- + sistere to stand firm)
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