To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; often with from.

One Ear was uttering quick, eager whines, lunging at the length of his stick toward the darkness, and desisting now and again in order to make frantic attacks on the stick with his teeth.

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  • desist — I verb abstain, arrest, be quiescent, call off, cease, check, desinere, desistere, discontinue, end, finish, forbear, freeze, halt, hold, intermit, interrupt, leave off, make inactive, put a stop to, refrain, repose, rest, stand, stay, stop,… …   Law dictionary

  • Desist — De*sist (?; 277), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Desisted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Desisting}.] [L. desistere; de + sistere to stand, stop, fr. stare to stand: cf. F. d[ e]sister. See {Stand}.] To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; often with from.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • desist — [di zist′, disist′] vi. [LME desisten < OFr desister < L desistere < de , from + sistere, to cause to stand < stare, to STAND] to cease (from an action); stop; abstain [desist from fighting] SYN. STOP desistance n …   English World dictionary

  • desist — mid 15c., from M.Fr. désister (mid 14c.), from L. desistere to stand aside, leave off, cease, from de off (see DE (Cf. de )) + sistere stop, come to a stand (see ASSIST (Cf. assist)). Related: Desisted; desisting …   Etymology dictionary

  • desist — discontinue, cease, *stop, quit Analogous words: *refrain, abstain, forbear: *relinquish, yield, abandon, resign Antonyms: persist Contrasted words: *continue: *persevere …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • desist — [v] stop, refrain from abandon, abstain, avoid, break off, cease, discontinue, end, forbear, give over, give up, halt, have done with*, knock off*, leave off, not do, pause, quit, relinquish, resign, surcease, suspend, yield; concept 119 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • desist — ► VERB ▪ cease; abstain. ORIGIN Latin desistere, from sistere to stop …   English terms dictionary

  • desist — v. (formal) (D; intr.) to desist from (to desist from further litigation) * * * [dɪ zɪst] (formal) (D; intr.) to desist from (to desist from further litigation) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • desist — UK [dɪˈzɪst] / US [dɪˈsɪst] verb [intransitive] Word forms desist : present tense I/you/we/they desist he/she/it desists present participle desisting past tense desisted past participle desisted formal to stop doing something They were requested… …   English dictionary

  • desist — de|sist [dıˈzıst, dıˈsıst] v [i]formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: desister, from Latin sistere to stand, stop ] to stop doing something ▪ We hope that the military regime will desist from its acts of violence. →cease and desist at… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • desist — [[t]dɪzɪ̱st[/t]] desists, desisting, desisted VERB If you desist from doing something, you stop doing it. [FORMAL] [V from ing/n] Ford never desisted from trying to persuade him to return to America... [V from ing/n] The magazine will desist from …   English dictionary