• IPA: /dɪˈsɪst/, /dɪˈzɪst/

desist (desists, present participle desisting; past and past participle desisted)

  1. (ambitransitive) To cease to proceed or act; to stop (often with from).
    • 1921, Annual Report of the Federal Trade Commission, page 173:
      After hearing[,] an order was entered requiring respondent to cease and desist the practice complained of under section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission act.
    • 2005, Gerry Shishin Wick, The Book of Equanimity: Illuminating Classic Zen Koans, Simon and Schuster (ISBN 9780861718023), page 307:
      Desist the kind of thinking that gets you into trouble. Thinking is in itself fine, but grabbing onto thoughts and images of your self will bring you suffering. Once you learn how to desist, how to let go of your ego-grasping mind, then cease thinking ...
    Please desist from telephoning me on this number.
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