1. [ verb ] elude, esp. in a baffling way
Synonyms: refuse defy

"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
Synonyms: protest dissent

: "His body protested against the harsh training"

Related terms: oppose rebel strike rebel march protest dissenter demonstrator
4. [ verb ] withstand the force of something
Synonyms: stand fend

"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
Synonyms: reject refuse

"His body rejected the liver of the donor"

Related terms: react
6. [ verb ] refuse to comply
Synonyms: balk jib baulk
Related terms: disobey balker obstructionist resistance
Similar spelling:   resistor