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Definition to not do something
  • The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to stop doing something
  • The new company was halted in their tracks when the city had a cease-and-desist order issued.
  • desist = to not do something
  • He would not despair: he would not desist.
    Austen, Jane  --  Mansfield Park
  • Desist, and drink.
    Shakespeare, William  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Scientists who've gone ahead with research involving the breast-cancer genes without Myriad's permission have found themselves on the receiving end of cease-and-desist letters and threats of litigation.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • desist = stop doing something
  • Notwithstanding the evidently useless nature of their search, they did not desist until the coming on of night rendered its further prosecution hopeless; and even then, they gave it up with reluctance.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • desist = to not do something
  • Harry hooked down at his own wand. He could see finger marks all over it. He gathered a fistful of robe from his knee and tried to rub it clean surreptitiously. Several gold sparks shot out of the end of it. Fleur Delacour gave him a very patronizing look, and he desisted.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • desisted = stopped
  • "Ahab," cried Starbuck, "not too late is it, even now, the third day, to desist."
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • desist = to not do something
  • Adye desisted and thought.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • desisted = stopped
  • Desist from thy lecture.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • desist = stop doing something
  • My son, by all means desist from kicking the venerable and enlightened Vizier:
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • desist = cease (stop)
  • "Lise, I beg you to desist," said Prince Andrew still more emphatically.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • desist = to not do something
  • I entreat you, nay, I command you, (says he) to desist from these intentions.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • desist = to not do something
  • Faint and sick with the pain of my injured arm, bewildered by the surprise, and yet conscious how easily this threat could be put in execution, I desisted, and tried to ease my arm were it ever so little.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • desisted = stopped
  • She held her hand interposed between the furnace-heat and her eyes, and seemed absorbed in her occupation; desisting from it only to chide the servant for covering her with sparks, or to push away a dog, now and then, that snoozled its nose overforwardly into her face.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • desisting = stopping
  • A most peculiar expression stole over Nearly Headless Nick's face as he inserted a finger in the stiff ruff at his neck and tugged it a little straighter, apparently to give himself thinking time. He desisted only when his partially severed neck seemed about to give way completely.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • desisted = stopped
  • Two older children discovered Mudgett's fear and one day captured him and dragged him "struggling and shrieking" into the doctor's office. "Nor did they desist," Mudgett wrote, "until I had been brought face to face with one of its grinning skeletons, which, with arms outstretched, seemed ready in its turn to seize me."
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • desist = to not do something
  • And you, estimable Vizier, whether he desists or not, by no means allow the flow of your eloquence to be interrupted.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • "Desist, O my son," said the Tisroc.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • Desist therefore, and tell us what you desire and propose.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy

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