Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To cease doing something. synonym: stop.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb choose not to consume

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English desisten, from Old French desister, from Latin dēsistere : dē-, de- + sistere, to bring to a standstill; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

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  • It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.

    -Dalai Lama

    July 28, 2009