From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Resist \Re*sist"\ (r?-z?st"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Resisted; p.
   pr. & vb. n. Resisting.] [F. r['e]sister, L. resistere,
   pref. re- re- + sistere to stand, cause to stand, v.
   causative of stare to stand. See Stand.]
   1. To stand against; to withstand; to obstruct.
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            That mortal dint,
            Save He who reigns above, none can resist. --Milton.
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   2. To strive against; to endeavor to counteract, defeat, or
      frustrate; to act in opposition to; to oppose.
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            God resisteth the proud.              --James iv. 6.
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            Contrary to his high will
            Whom we resist.                       --Milton.
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   3. To counteract, as a force, by inertia or reaction.
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   4. To be distasteful to. [Obs.] --Shak.
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   Syn: To withstand; oppose; hinder; obstruct; counteract;
        check; thwart; baffle; disappoint.
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