de·sist /dɪˈzɪst, ˈsɪst, di-/
De·sist v. i. [imp. & p. p. Desisted; p. pr. & vb. n. Desisting.] To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from.
Never desisting to do evil. --E. Hall.
To desist from his bad practice. --Massinger.
Desist (thou art discern'd,
And toil'st in vain). --Milton.
v : choose no to consume; "I abstain from alcohol" [syn: abstain,
refrain] [ant: consume]