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Often, city fathers blamed prostitutes for the disease, and some threatened to brand their cheeks with hot iron if they did not desist from their vices.
Peter Lewis Allen

Meaning of "desist" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD DESIST

From Old French desister, from Latin dēsistere to leave off, stand apart, from de- + sistere to stand, halt.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF DESIST

desist  [dɪˈzɪst] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DESIST

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Desist is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb desist in English.

WHAT DOES DESIST MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Cease and desist

A cease and desist letter, also known as an "infringement letter" or a "demand letter," is an order or request that a party halt an activity and not take it up again later, else face legal action. The recipient of the letter may be an individual or an organization. Although cease and desist letters are not exclusively used in the area of intellectual property, such letters "are frequently utilized in disputes concerning intellectual property and represent an important feature of the intellectual property law landscape." The holder of an intellectual property right such as a copyrighted work, a trademark, or a patent, may send the cease and desist letter to inform a third party "of the right holders' rights, identity, and intentions to enforce the rights." The letter may merely contain a licensing offer, or may be an explicit threat of a lawsuit. A cease and desist letter often triggers licensing negotiations, and is a frequent first step towards litigation. Receiving numerous cease and desist letters may be very costly for the recipient.

Definition of desist in the English dictionary

The definition of desist in the dictionary is often foll by from to cease, as from an action; stop or abstain.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO DESIST

PRESENT

Present
I desist
you desist
he/she/it desists
we desist
you desist
they desist
Present continuous
I am desisting
you are desisting
he/she/it is desisting
we are desisting
you are desisting
they are desisting
Present perfect
I have desisted
you have desisted
he/she/it has desisted
we have desisted
you have desisted
they have desisted
Present perfect continuous
I have been desisting
you have been desisting
he/she/it has been desisting
we have been desisting
you have been desisting
they have been desisting
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I desisted
you desisted
he/she/it desisted
we desisted
you desisted
they desisted
Past continuous
I was desisting
you were desisting
he/she/it was desisting
we were desisting
you were desisting
they were desisting
Past perfect
I had desisted
you had desisted
he/she/it had desisted
we had desisted
you had desisted
they had desisted
Past perfect continuous
I had been desisting
you had been desisting
he/she/it had been desisting
we had been desisting
you had been desisting
they had been desisting
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will desist
you will desist
he/she/it will desist
we will desist
you will desist
they will desist
Future continuous
I will be desisting
you will be desisting
he/she/it will be desisting
we will be desisting
you will be desisting
they will be desisting
Future perfect
I will have desisted
you will have desisted
he/she/it will have desisted
we will have desisted
you will have desisted
they will have desisted
Future perfect continuous
I will have been desisting
you will have been desisting
he/she/it will have been desisting
we will have been desisting
you will have been desisting
they will have been desisting
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would desist
you would desist
he/she/it would desist
we would desist
you would desist
they would desist
Conditional continuous
I would be desisting
you would be desisting
he/she/it would be desisting
we would be desisting
you would be desisting
they would be desisting
Conditional perfect
I would have desist
you would have desist
he/she/it would have desist
we would have desist
you would have desist
they would have desist
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been desisting
you would have been desisting
he/she/it would have been desisting
we would have been desisting
you would have been desisting
they would have been desisting
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you desist
we let´s desist
you desist
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to desist
Past participle
desisted
Present Participle
desisting
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH DESIST


coexist
ˌkəʊɪɡˈzɪst
exist
ɪɡˈzɪst
photoresist
ˌfəʊtəʊrɪˈzɪst
pre-exist
ˈpriːɪɡˈzɪst
radiesthesist
ˌreɪdɪəsˈθiːzɪst
resist
rɪˈzɪst
run-resist
ˈrʌnrɪˌzɪst
sizeist
ˈsaɪzɪst
sizist
ˈsaɪzɪst
Spinozist
spɪˈnəʊzɪst
trapezist
trəˈpiːzɪst
xyst
zɪst

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DESIST

desilverize
desinence
desinent
desinential
desipience
desipient
desipramine
desirability
desirable
desirableness
desirably
desire
desired
desireless
desirer
desirous
desirously
desirousness
desistance
desistence

WORDS THAT END LIKE DESIST

assist
bassist
brake assist
classist
coassist
consist
contrabassist
epigenesist
fantasist
geodesist
hypothesist
insist
narcissist
palingenesist
persist
sist
solipsist
speciesist
subsist
synthesist

Synonyms and antonyms of desist in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «DESIST»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «desist» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of desist

Translation of «desist» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DESIST

Find out the translation of desist to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of desist from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «desist» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

停止
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

desistir
570 millions of speakers

English

desist
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

विरत
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الكف
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

отказаться
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

desistir
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ক্ষান্ত করা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

cesser
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Berhenti
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

ablassen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

やめる
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

단념
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Desist
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nghỉ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

யோகாப்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

थांबवू नका
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

vazgeçmek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

desistere
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zaniechania
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

відмовитися
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

renunțe
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

να απέχουν
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

ophou
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

avstå
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

avstå
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of desist

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DESIST»

The term «desist» is quite widely used and occupies the 42.960 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DESIST» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about desist

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QUOTES WITH «DESIST»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word desist.
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Peter Lewis Allen
Often, city fathers blamed prostitutes for the disease, and some threatened to brand their cheeks with hot iron if they did not desist from their vices.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DESIST»

Discover the use of desist in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to desist and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Patent Law for Paralegals
Typically, a party who believes its patent is being infringed will send a cease and desist letter to the accused infringer, notifying the infringer of its rights to the patent and demanding that any further infringing activities cease. Cease and desist ...
Deborah Bouchoux, 2008
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Ultimate Credit and Collection Handbook
CEASE AND DESIST MEANS TO STOP. A debtor can send you, a collection agency, or anyone who is contacting them a letter asking them to cease and desist. If you receive a cease and desist letter you will want to place the account with an ...
Michelle Dunn, 2006
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American Motorcyclist
And like those other riders, the King of Supercross was stunned recently when he was served with a "cease- and-desist" order telling him to stop riding on his own land. County officials are working to enact strict rules governing riding in ...
4
Private health insurance employers and individuals are ...
States generally issued cease and desist orders to stop the activities of unauthorized entities. In contrast, DOL obtained injunctive relief through the federal courts by obtaining temporary restraining orders (TRO) or preliminary or permanent ...
5
Annual Report of the Federal Trade Commission
order was entered requiring respondent to cease and desist from using the practice complained of under section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission act. Complaint No. 393 (Sept. 2, 1919).—Federal Trade Commission '0. Florida Sponge ...
United States. Federal Trade Commission, 1921
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Securities Regulation: Cox, Hillman, Langevoort
The SEC (P) brought a cease-and-desist proceeding against KPMG (D) and, concluding that KPMG (D) had violated securities rules regarding auditor independence and had engaged in negligent conduct that was the cause of a primary ...
Aspen Publishers, Aspen Publishers Staff, Casenotes Publishing Co., Inc. Staff, 2006
7
The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America
S 201.512 Temporary cease-and-desist orders: issuance after notice and opportunity for hearing. (a) Basis for issuance. A temporary cease-and-desist order shall be issued only if the Commission determines that the alleged violation or ...
8
A Short Course in International Intellectual Property ...
Protecting. IP. Rights: Cease. and. Desist. Letter. letter” to try to stop the suspected illegal activity. This procedure is a common and cost-effective method, and often produces results against individuals and smaller businesses, particularly if ...
Karla C. Shippey, 2009
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32 CFR National Defense: CFR Parts 400-629
The authority to issue a cease and desist order or a temporary cease and desist order requiring a regulated entity, executive officer, director, or entity-affiliated party to take affirmative action to correct or remedy any condition resulting from any ...
Office of The Federal Register, 2013
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9 CFR Animals and Animal Products: CFR Parts 200-End
Every temporary cease-and-desist order granted shall: (1) Describe the basis for its issuance, including the alleged or threatened violations and the harm that is likely to result without the issuance of an order; (2) Describe in reasonable detail,  ...
Office of The Federal Register, 2013

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DESIST»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term desist is used in the context of the following news items.
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Canadian Politicians Using Nine Inch Nails Logo Asked to 'Cease …
Since then, the politicians have been told to “cease and desist” using the shirts. Check out a picture of them below. According to Canadian ... «Loudwire, Jul 15»
2
Bikers Send 'Cease and Desist All Defamation' Letter to Twin Peaks …
Motorcycle riders sent letters to officials connected to the Waco Twin Peaks arrests, putting them on notice to “CEASE AND DESIST ALL ... «Breitbart News, Jul 15»
3
Twin Peaks Bikers Send 'Cease and Desist All Defamation' Letter to …
Motorcycle riders sent letters to officials connected to the Waco Twin Peaks arrests, putting them on notice to “CEASE AND DESIST ALL ... «Breitbart News, Jul 15»
4
Gag order or cease and desist? National media feud over Sweet …
Namely, whether a cease and desist order issued by Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian is actually a gag order meant to silence Sweet Cakes ... «OregonLive.com, Jul 15»
5
Winnemem Wintu Issue Cease & Desist Order to Rainbow Family
The Winnemem Wintu, acting with support from Pit River and Modoc Nations responded to the infringement by issuing a Cease & Desist Order ... «Intercontinental Cry, Jul 15»
6
Trent Reznor hits Canadian politicians with cease and desist letters …
A lawyer for Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor has reportedly fired off a cease and desist letter to Canadian politicians to stop using the ... «3News NZ, Jul 15»
7
Canadian Politicians Slapped With Cease and Desist Over Nine …
It turns out that even politicians can make mistakes. Remember those Canadian civil servants who decided to borrow the Nine Inch Nails logo ... «SPIN, Jul 15»
8
Moving Forward Anyway: Mass. Tribe Ignores Cease and Desist
The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, Mass. (Aquinnah) ignored a cease and desist order from the state Monday telling them to halt their work ... «Indian Country Today Media Network, Jul 15»
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Historical commission to issue cease and desist order against El …
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines is expected to issue a cease and desist order against the new owners of El Hogar ... «Coconuts Manila, Jul 15»
10
Sorry, Slate: Oregon Did 'Gag' Those Christian Bakers
In fact, the Kleins are now legally required, as a result of the order issued Thursday, “to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or ... «Daily Signal, Jul 15»

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