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desist Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb choose not to consume
    abstain; refrain.
    • I abstain from alcohol
WordNet

De*sist" intransitive verb
Etymology
L. desistere; de- + sistere to stand, stop, fr. stare to stand: cf. F. désister. See Stand.
Wordforms
imperfect & past participle Desisted; present participle & verbal noun Desisting
Definitions
  1. To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from.
    Never desisting to do evil. E. Hall.
    To desist from his bad practice. Massinger.
    Desist (thou art discern'd, And toil'st in vain). Milton.

Webster 1913