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Synonyms of resist in English:


  • 1 the vine's hard wood helps it resist cold winters
    withstand, be proof against, hold out against, combat, counter;
    weather, endure, outlast;
    repel, be resistant to, be impervious to, be impermeable to, keep out
    [Antonyms] be harmed by, be susceptible to
  • 2 those resisting attempts to upgrade the building may be evicted
    oppose, fight against, refuse to accept, be hostile to, object to, be anti, take a stand against, defy, go against, set one's face against, kick against, baulk at;
    obstruct, impede, hinder, block, thwart, frustrate, inhibit, restrain;
    stop, halt, prevent, check, stem, curb;
    [Antonyms] accept, welcome
  • 3 I resisted the urge to retort
    not give in to, restrain oneself from, prevent oneself from, stop oneself from, check oneself
    [Antonyms] succumb to, give in to
  • 4 she tried to resist him, but she hadn't the strength
    struggle with/against, fight (against), put up a fight against, battle against, stand up to, withstand, stand one's ground against, hold one's ground against, hold off, hold out against, contend with, confront, face up to;
    [Antonyms] submit, yield
  • Phrases

    cannot resist

    he is a man who cannot resist a challenge
    [Antonyms] hate
    love, adore, relish, be addicted to, have a weakness for, be very partial to, be very keen on, be very fond of, like;
    delight in, enjoy, take great pleasure in
    informalhave a thing about, be mad about, be hooked on, get a kick out of, get a thrill out of

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