What does the word desist mean?

Usage examples for desist

  1. Letters are found in your cabinet urging you to desist from your threatened vengeance. – The New Tenant by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  2. The tone of exaggerated gallantry with which I pronounced these words, put d'Entragues into a rage, and he answered sharply that he would not desist till one of us was dead. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  3. They, recognising that there was no choice, called upon their assailants to desist, and undertook to come forth. – Hellenica by Xenophon