) KEY VERB: re·sist·ed
, re·sists VERB: tr.
- To strive to fend off or offset the actions, effects, or force of.
- To remain firm against the actions, effects, or force of; withstand: a bacterium that resisted the antibiotic.
- To keep from giving in to or enjoying.
- To offer resistance. See Synonyms at oppose.
- A substance that can cover and protect a surface, as from corrosion.
Middle English resisten
, from Old French resister
, from Latin resistere
, to place
; see st-
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:re·sister(Noun)