Definition of desist in English:

desist

Line breaks: de¦sist
Pronunciation: /dɪˈzɪst
 
, dɪˈsɪst
 
/

verb

[no object]

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French desister, from Latin desistere, from de- 'down from' + sistere 'to stop' (reduplication of stare 'to stand').

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