Pronunciation: (ri-zist'),[key] —v.t. 1. to withstand, strive against, or oppose: to resist infection; to resist temptation. 2. to withstand the action or effect of: to resist spoilage. 3. to refrain or abstain from, esp. with difficulty or reluctance: They couldn't resist the chocolates.
—v.i. to make a stand or make efforts in opposition; act in opposition; offer resistance.
—n. 1. a substance that prevents or inhibits some effect from taking place, as a coating on a surface of a metallic printing plate that prevents or inhibits corrosion of the metal by acid.
2. Textiles.a chemically inert substance used in resist printing.