- Stop doing something; cease or abstain: each pledged to desist from acts of sabotageMore example sentences
abstain, refrain, forbear, hold back, keep; stop, cease, discontinue, suspend, give up, quit, break off, leave off, conclude, call a halt/stop to, forgo, drop, dispense with, eschew, have done with, wash one's hands of• nautical slang belay
- 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.
late Middle English: from Old French desister, from Latin desistere, from de- 'down from' + sistere 'to stop' (reduplication of stare 'to stand').