Definition of desist in English:


See synonyms for desist

Translate desist into Spanish

intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Cease; abstain.

    ‘each pledged to desist from acts of sabotage’
    • ‘So let's all put a stop to this tomfoolery and cease and desist from giving these Ministers pats on the back for their poor behavior.’
    • ‘All other followers are threatened or enticed to cease and desist.’
    • ‘These figures are the most valid argument yet that they should cease and desist and retire from the field immediately.’
    • ‘Sometimes, I just write to the person involved and ask them nicely to cease and desist.’
    • ‘The management warned the group to cease and desist from using this name.’
    • ‘He was warned to cease and desist, but now, he insisted that he had to perform that way!’
    • ‘He has no permission under the law to do so and I would advise him to cease and desist.’
    • ‘The dream of achieving such strategic parity is more powerful than any pressure to cease and desist.’
    • ‘She said the police officer ordered the two bickering women to cease and desist, but the women ignored him.’
    • ‘He had even confronted him with an ultimatum to cease and desist or find a new job.’
    • ‘Frankly, I hope that he desists from knocking on my door at seven in the morning with some trivial problem, but I am not over-optimistic.’
    • ‘One of the basic cellular courtesies is desisting from using the cell while driving.’
    • ‘Perhaps if those who reviled and insulted Said could have read this book, they might have desisted.’
    • ‘Perhaps if anyone caught dumping litter had a delivery from the refuse collection wagon instead of a collection, they might desist.’
    • ‘I do not think people would desist from lodging an employment appeal case if they did not think the organisation was taking them seriously.’
    • ‘Builders and developers should desist from destroying lakes and trees to make room for residential layouts.’
    • ‘However, he said he would desist from doing that now that motions to change the policy have been submitted to Congress.’
    • ‘He also ordered that they were to desist from causing obstruction to council workers or trespass on council offices.’
    • ‘Unruly patients will begin with an informal warning from a senior manager, but failure to desist will result in a yellow card being issued.’
    • ‘I am currently obtaining signatures on a petition to the Home Secretary, to ask him to desist from imprisoning pensioners.’
    abstain, refrain, forbear, hold back, keep
    View synonyms



/dəˈzist/ /dəˈzɪst/ /dəˈsist/ /dəˈsɪst/


Late Middle English from Old French desister, from Latin desistere, from de- ‘down from’ + sistere ‘to stop’ (reduplication of stare ‘to stand’).