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From Middle French desister.

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desist (third-person singular simple present desists, present participle desisting, simple past and past participle desisted)

  1. (intransitive) To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from.
    • 1906, Jack London, chapter I, in White Fang:
      One Ear was uttering quick, eager whines, lunging at the length of his stick toward the darkness, and desisting now and again in order to make frantic attacks on the stick with his teeth.

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