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re·sist  audio  (r-zst) KEY 

VERB:
re·sist·ed, re·sist·ing, re·sists
VERB:
tr.
  1. To strive to fend off or offset the actions, effects, or force of.
  2. To remain firm against the actions, effects, or force of; withstand: a bacterium that resisted the antibiotic.
  3. To keep from giving in to or enjoying.
VERB:
intr.
To offer resistance. See Synonyms at oppose.
NOUN:
A substance that can cover and protect a surface, as from corrosion.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English resisten, from Old French resister, from Latin resistere : re-, re- + sistere, to place; see st- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
re·sister(Noun)


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