from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To cease doing something; forbear. See Synonyms at stop.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stop; cease from some action or proceeding; forbear: used absolutely or with from.
- Synonyms To pause, stay, desist (from), leave (off), discontinue, give (over), break (off).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. choose not to consume
Middle English desisten, from Old French desister, from Latin dēsistere : dē-, de- + sistere, to bring to a standstill; see stā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)