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American English: /rəˈzɪst/
British English: /rɪˈzɪst/

Translation of resist in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1.1 (fight against)
    oponer resistencia a
    the window resisted all attempts to open it
    la ventana resistió todos los intentos de abrirla
    Example sentences
    • In fact, if that's the motive of the government, them I think we've just identified the best argument for resisting the abolition of jury trials for fraud.
    • Posters carrying the message ‘Prevent torture, resist torture and help victims of torture’ will be circulated.
    • Such an argument resists many of the typical counter-arguments directed at potentiality as an ethical consideration in the abortion debate.
    1.2 (not give way to)
    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 + infinitive
    I couldn't resist telling her
    no pude aguantar las ganas de decírselo
    Example sentences
    • There aren't many who could resist the tempting creations and I thought it was only correct to sample the goodies.
    • Those who are growing old may be unwise to try to resist these pressures.
    • The girl gritted her teeth distastefully and resisted the tempting urge to spit at the man.
    1.3 (withstand, endure)

intransitive verb

  • 1.1 (fight, oppose)
    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)
    Example sentences
    • Gyroscopes create their own force through spinning, thereby resisting the effects of gravity.
    • It strengthens the lungs to resist the effects of sudden changes in the air, and it healthfully braces and invigorates the chest.
    • Some have acquired an armoury of genes which help them attach to cells, invade and damage tissue, colonise hosts, evade the immune system, and resist the effects of antibiotics.
    Example sentences
    • Incredibly, the woman resisted and there was struggle between the two before the robber kneed the victim hard in the stomach and ripped the bag from her grasp.
    • She didn't resist, but a fight ensued as other spectators intervened.
    • Living together creates the illusion of having found adequate shelter and a feigned ability to resist in case of attack.

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    In some parts of Spain, the name given to a weekly open-air flea market where all kinds of items are sold is a rastro. The name El Rastro as such refers to a very big market of this type held in Madrid at weekends.