|Origin:||resistere, from sistere 'to stop'|
1 [intransitive,transitive usually in negatives]
to stop yourself from having something that you like very much or doing something that you want to do
cannot resist (doing) something
I just can't resist chocolate.
She can never resist buying new shoes.
it is hard/difficult/impossible to resist something
It's hard to resist an invitation like that.
resist the temptation/urge to do something
She resisted the temptation to laugh.
They only wanted 3 dollars for it, so how could I resist?
to try to prevent a change from happening, or prevent yourself from being forced to do something:
He resisted pressure to resign.
resist doing something
For months the company has resisted changing its accounts system.
strongly/fiercely/vigorously etc resist
The proposal was strongly resisted by the police.
3 [intransitive and transitive]
to use force to stop something from happening
strongly/fiercely/firmly etc resist
Demonstrators violently resisted attempts to remove them from the building.
He was charged with trying to resist arrest.
to not be changed or harmed by something:
your ability to resist infection