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.

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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.