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Definition of resist
verb [with object]
withstand the action or effect of:antibodies help us to resist infection try to prevent by action or argument:we will continue to resist changes to the treaty succeed in ignoring the attraction of (something wrong or unwise):she resisted his advances I couldn’t resist buying the blouse [no object] struggle against someone or something:without giving her time to resist, he dragged her off her feet
a resistant substance applied as a coating to protect a surface during some process, for example to prevent dye or glaze adhering.