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Definition of the verb desist

What does desist mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: desisted | desisting | desists

  1. choose not to consume
    • example: I demand that you cease and desist from sending unsolicited emails.
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]He refrained
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Theme, subject control with -ing]He refrained from eating
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Theme, not sentential clause]He refrained from the lurid activity while in the lady's company

      Refrain Verbs (with the same syntax): abstain, forbear, refrain.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of desist: abstain / refrain
    • more specific terms:
      • fast = abstain from eating
      • fast = abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons
      • keep off / avoid = refrain from certain foods or beverages
      • teetotal = practice teetotalism and abstain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages

Alternative definition of the verb desist


  1. [intransitive] To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from.


"Desist" is a musical album of Anthony Burr & Skúli Sverrisson.

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Phrases with Desist

  1. cease and desist order
  2. Cease and desist

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Google previewNuclear Reactions (1992)

Science and Trans-Science by Alvin M. Weinberg

This must be decided by political processes because ultimately the decision to proceed or to desist is a matter of ethical or aesthetic values. Where there is no consensus on these values, the process of decision must be political. To one ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

desist is a formal word for stop or.

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This is a fault common to all singers, that among their friends they will never sing when they are asked; unasked, they will never desist. (Horace)
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Scrabble value of D2E1S1I1S1T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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