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Definition of desist:

  1. To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; - often with from.

Synonyms:

come to an end, conclude, check, finish, drop, give over, bring to an end, knock off, leave off, call it quits, throw in the towel, pack, cut out, call it a day, shut off, forbear, lay off, cut off, abstain, break off, continue, have done with, swear off, refrain, break up, intermit, can.

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