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 for desist
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Desist \De*sist"\ (?; 277), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Desisted; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Desisting.] [L. desistere; de- + sistere to
     stand, stop, fr. stare to stand: cf. F. d['e]sister. See
     To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often
     with from.
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           Never desisting to do evil.              --E. Hall.
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           To desist from his bad practice.         --Massinger.
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           Desist (thou art discern'd,
           And toil'st in vain).                    --Milton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: choose not to consume; "I abstain from alcohol" [syn:
           abstain, refrain, desist] [ant: consume, have,
           ingest, take, take in]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  49 Moby Thesaurus words for "desist":
     abandon, abdicate, abjure, abort, acknowledge defeat, belay,
     cancel, cease, cede, come off, cry quits, cut it out, cut out,
     desist from, discontinue, disuse, drop, drop it, end, forgo,
     forswear, give, give over, give up, halt, hand over,
     have done with, hold, knock it off, lay down, lay off, leave off,
     let go, nol-pros, not pursue with, put behind one, quit, refrain,
     relinquish, renounce, resign, scrub, stay, stop, surrender,
     terminate, throw up, waive, yield

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