AskDefine | Define desist

Dictionary Definition

desist v : choose no to consume; "I abstain from alcohol" [syn: abstain, refrain] [ant: consume]

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


to cease to proceed or act

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abandon, abdicate, abjure, abort, acknowledge defeat, belay, cancel, cease, cede, come off, cry quits, cut it out, cut out, desist from, discontinue, disuse, drop, drop it, end, forgo, forswear, give, give over, give up, halt, hand over, have done with, hold, knock it off, lay down, lay off, leave off, let go, nol-pros, not pursue with, put behind one, quit, refrain, relinquish, renounce, resign, scrub, stay, stop, surrender, terminate, throw up, waive, yield
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