|1.||[ verb ] elude, esp. in a baffling way|
"This behavior defies explanation"
|Related terms:||lend_oneself elude beggar|
|2.||[ verb ] stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something|
|Synonyms:||hold_out stand_firm withstand|
|Related terms:||surrender fight stand defy stand_up hold_off outbrave stand_out resistance defender|
|3.||[ verb ] fight back, also metaphorically|
: "His body protested against the harsh training"
|Related terms:||oppose rebel strike rebel march protest dissenter demonstrator|
|4.||[ verb ] withstand the force of something|
"The trees resisted her" "stand the test of time" "The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow"
|Related terms:||fight stand buffer fender stand|
|5.||[ verb ] resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ|
"His body rejected the liver of the donor"
|6.||[ verb ] refuse to comply|
|Synonyms:||balk jib baulk|
|Related terms:||disobey balker obstructionist resistance|