re·sist / riˈzist/ • v. [tr.] withstand the action or effect of: antibodies help us to resist infection. ∎ try to prevent by action or argument: we will continue to resist changes to the treaty. ∎ succeed in ignoring the attraction of (something wrong or unwise): she resisted his advances I couldn't resist buying the blouse. ∎ [intr.] struggle against someone or something: without giving her time to resist, he dragged her off her feet.• n. a resistant substance applied as a coating to protect a surface during some process, for example to prevent dye or glaze adhering.DERIVATIVES: re·sist·er n.re·sist·i·ble adj.re·sist·i·bil·i·ty / riˌzistəˈbilətē/ n.