- resist re‧sist [rɪˈzɪst] verb [intransitive, transitive]to try to prevent something happening or changing:
• It resisted a bid by the Denver company to acquire a 46% stake.
• The board voted to file for bankruptcy, even though two directors resisted.
* * *resist UK US /rɪˈzɪst/ verb► [I or T] to fight against something or someone: »
The group resisted for several weeks.»
The computers resisted the virus.► [T] to refuse to accept or be changed by something: »
The party resisted the spending cuts.► [T] to stop yourself from doing something that you want to do: »
Resisting the temptation to tuck into pension income early is vital.
Financial and business terms. 2012.