Translation of resist in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /rɪˈzɪst/


  • 1.1 (fight against) [attack/enemy] resistir; [change/plan] oponer* resistencia a the window resisted all attempts to open it la ventana resistió todos los intentos de abrirla 1.2 (not give way to) [temptation] resistir I had to buy it, I couldn't resist it tuve que comprarlo, no me pude resistir she found him hard to resist le costaba resistirse a sus encantos I can't resist chocolate el chocolate me vuelve loco to resist -ing resistirse a + inf I couldn't resist telling her no pude resistirme a decírselo, no pude aguantar las ganas de decírselo 1.3 (withstand, endure) [heat/cold/corrosion] resistir


  • 1.1 (fight, oppose) [troops] resistir, oponer* resistencia she wanted to make changes, but the board resisted quería introducir cambios pero la junta se resistía or se oponía 1.2 (not give way) resistirse, contenerse*

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