Synonyms for Resist:

n.

stand up to, sit by, obtain, maintain, yield, omit to do something, make no move, bother, continue, abstain, persist, can't bring yourself to do something, let nature take its course, stand by, refrain, remain, hold off, neglect, persevere, weather, submit. fight back, combat, tear up, declare against, go against, have/have got against, stand against. standardize, regularize, stabilize, level, jog along, preserve. traverse, contest, buck.

v.

chafe (verb)
aggravate, grind, wear, abrade, chafe, disturb, irritate, rasp, fret, rub, scrub, harass, scrape, grate.
contend (verb)
vie, bicker, clash, dispute, antagonize, contrast, hassle, struggle, contend, brawl, protest, conflict, quarrel, withstand, encounter, wrangle, wrestle, stand.
defend (verb)
avert, barricade, safeguard, defend, shield, save, police, uphold, fend, guard, backfire, rebut, protect, retort, bar, answer, sustain, return, shelter, ward, support, buffer, reply, respond, cover, screen, secure, oppose, argue, counterattack.
defy (verb)
countermand, contravene, defy, cross, face, dare, dissent, counteract, rebel, confront, affront, challenge, counter.
oppose (verb)
repel, contradict, fight, intercept, check, inhibit, meddle, rebuff, impede, disagree, object, hinder, obstruct, repress, interfere, repulse, suppress, oppress.
resist (verb)
stand firm, stand fast, snub.
withstand, oppose (verb)
repel, dispute, persevere, hold off, fight back, combat, remain, weather, traverse, stand up to, hinder, curb, counteract, refuse, check, confront, thwart, antagonize, defy, stay, continue, buck, refrain, maintain, persist, contend.

Other synonyms:

fight back, declare against. stand against, go against, buck. submit. tear up. traverse. confront
stand up to.
counteract
go against.
defend
fight back.
endure
weather.
protect
defend.

Usage examples for resist

  1. It was difficult to resist his very presence. – Memoirs of James Robert Hope-Scott, Volume 2 by Robert Ornsby
  2. I never can resist a storm. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  3. However, no sooner had her father buried himself in his newspaper again than she thought of another question which she could not resist asking. – Penny Nichols Finds a Clue by Joan Clark