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Meaning of resist

re•sist

Pronunciation: (ri-zist'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to withstand, strive against, or oppose: to resist infection; to resist temptation.
  2. to withstand the action or effect of: to resist spoilage.
  3. to refrain or abstain from, esp. with difficulty or reluctance: They couldn't resist the chocolates.
—v.i.
  1. to make a stand or make efforts in opposition; act in opposition; offer resistance.
—n.
  1. a substance that prevents or inhibits some effect from taking place, as a coating on a surface of a metallic printing plate that prevents or inhibits corrosion of the metal by acid.
  2. a chemically inert substance used in resist printing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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