Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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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