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RESIST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does resist mean? 

RESIST (verb)
  The verb RESIST has 6 senses:

1. elude, especially in a baffling way
2. stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
3. express opposition through action or words
4. withstand the force of something
5. resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ
6. refuse to comply

  Familiarity information: RESIST used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


RESIST (verb)


Sense 1resist [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Elude, especially in a baffling way

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

resist; defy; refuse

Context example:

This behavior defies explanation

Hypernyms (to "resist" is one way to...):

elude; escape (be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "resist"):

beggar (be beyond the resources of)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2resist [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

stand firm; resist; hold out; withstand

Hypernyms (to "resist" is one way to...):

defend; fight; fight back; fight down; oppose (fight against or resist strongly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "resist"):

stand out (be stubborn in resolution or resistance)

defy; hold; hold up; withstand (resist or confront with resistance)

remain firm; stand (hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright)

hold off (resist and fight to a standoff)

outbrave (resist bravely)

stand up (refuse to back down; remain solid under criticism or attack)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Antonym:

surrender (give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another)


Sense 3resist [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Express opposition through action or words

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

dissent; protest; resist

Context example:

dissent to the laws of the country

Hypernyms (to "resist" is one way to...):

contradict; controvert; oppose (be resistant to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "resist"):

strike; walk out (stop work in order to press demands)

demonstrate; march (march in protest; take part in a demonstration)

arise; rebel; rise; rise up (take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance)

rebel; renegade (break with established customs)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4resist [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Withstand the force of something

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

fend; resist; stand

Context examples:

The trees resisted her / stand the test of time / The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow

Hypernyms (to "resist" is one way to...):

defend; fight; fight back; fight down; oppose (fight against or resist strongly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5resist [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

refuse; reject; resist

Context example:

His body rejected the liver of the donor

Hypernyms (to "resist" is one way to...):

react; respond (show a response or a reaction to something)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 6resist [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Refuse to comply

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

jib; baulk; balk; resist

Hypernyms (to "resist" is one way to...):

disobey (refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

They resist moving


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