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desist
used in Moby Dick

6 uses
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Definition
to not do something
  • "Ahab," cried Starbuck, "not too late is it, even now, the third day, to desist."
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (82% in)
desist = to not do something
  • At last, after much dodging search, he finds the Tarshish ship receiving the last items of her cargo; and as he steps on board to see its Captain in the cabin, all the sailors for the moment desist from hoisting in the goods, to mark the stranger's evil eye.
    Chapters 7-9 -- The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (52% in)
  • Fearing in his heart lest this might prove but too true, the captain a little desisted, but still commanded the insurgents instantly to return to their duty.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (62% in)
  • But as he did so, the oarsmen expectantly desisted from rowing; the boat drifted a little towards the ship's stern; so that, as if by magic, the letter suddenly ranged along with Gabriel's eager hand.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (64% in)
  • Instantly the captain ran forward, and in a loud voice commanded his crew to desist from hoisting the cutting-tackles, and at once cast loose the cables and chains confining the whales to the ship.
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (37% in)
  • Some six handfuls were obtained; but more was unavoidably lost in the sea, and still more, perhaps, might have been secured were it not for impatient Ahab's loud command to Stubb to desist, and come on board, else the ship would bid them good bye.
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (49% in)

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