1
[ verb ] elude, esp. in a baffling way

Synonyms

refuse defy

Examples

"This behavior defies explanation"

Used in print

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

Even_so , he could not ease the tension of his body ; the rough surface of the earth itself seemed to resist every attempt on his part to relax .

Related terms

lend_oneself elude beggar

2
[ verb ] stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

Used in print

(San Francisco Chronicle...)

In_other_words , no merely male creature can resist that corps_de_ballet .

(The Philadelphia Inquirer,...)

When we become firm enough to stand for those ideals which we know to be right , when we become hard enough to refuse to aid nations which do not permit self-determination , when we become strong enough to resist any_more drifts towards socialism in our own Nation , when we recognize that our enemy is Communism not war , and when we realize that concessions to Communists do not insure peace or freedom , then , and only then will we no_longer be `` soft '' .

Mr._Paray resisted the temptation to over-emphasize the melodic elements of the score .

(The American-German Review,...)

Since he introduces so_much modern music , I could not resist asking how he felt about it .

3
[ verb ] fight back, also metaphorically

Synonyms

protest dissent

Examples

: "His body protested against the harsh training"

Used in print

(The New York Times,...)

At_the_same_time , there was increased reason for a quick meeting lest the Soviet leader , as a result of those episodes , come_to a dangerously erroneous conclusion about the West 's ability and determination to resist Communist pressure .

(National Review, xi: 26...)

The miserable people of China , the largest cast ever conscripted to enact an ideological passion_play , cannot themselves resist overtly .

4
[ verb ] withstand the force of something

Synonyms

stand fend

Examples

"The trees resisted her" "stand the test of time" "The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow"

Used in print

(Mary Savage, Just for Tonight....)

She thrust forward through the shadows and the trees that resisted her and tried to fling her back .

Related terms

fight stand buffer fender stand

5
[ verb ] resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ

Synonyms

reject refuse

Examples

"His body rejected the liver of the donor"

Related terms

react

6
[ verb ] refuse to comply

Synonyms

balk jib baulk

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