resistían they withstood
The word resistían is the imperfect form of resistir in the third person plural. See the full resistir conjugation.
resistir
resistir(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to remain unharmed by)
a. to withstand
El edificio no resistió el temblor.The building didn't withstand the earthquake.
b. to take
El techo del edificio no resistió el peso de la nieve.The roof of the building couldn't take the weight of the snow.
c. to get through (to survive)
El piloto resistió dos graves operaciones en una semana.The pilot got through two serious operations within a week.
2. (to hold out against)
a. to resist
Los soldados resistieron el ataque durante más de 48 horas.The soldiers resisted the attack for over 48 hours.
3. (to endure)
a. to stand
Carlos no resiste que lo critiquen.Carlos can't stand being criticized.
b. to bear
El dolor es tan intenso que es imposible de resistir.The pain is so intense that it's impossible to bear.
c. to withstand
Los corredores de fondo son capaces de resistir el cansancio mejor que la mayoría de la gente.Long-distance runners are capable of withstanding tiredness better than most people.
d. to take
Ya no puedo resistir este calor.I can't take this hot weather any longer.
4. (to refrain from)
a. to resist
No pude resistir la tentación de comerme otra porción de pastel.I couldn't resist the temptation to eat another slice of cake.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to continue in good condition)
a. to last
No creo que resista mucho más el cobertizo.I don't think the shed will last much longer.
b. to keep going
Esta lavadora ha resistido más de 15 años.This washing machine has kept going for over 15 years.
6. (to endure something unpleasant)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Ya no resisto más; quiero escapar de todo esto.I can't stand it any more; I want to escape all this.
Laura dice que ya no resiste más y que quiere dejar sus estudios.Laura says she can't take any more and wants to give up her studies.
7. (to continue fighting)
a. to hold out
Yo no quiero rendirme, pero ¿cuánto más podemos resistir?I don't want to surrender, but how much longer can we hold out?
resistirse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
8. (to put up a fight; often used with "a")
a. to resist
La policía tuvo que usar la fuerza porque el ladrón se resistió al arresto.The police had to use force because the thief resisted the arrest.
Estas mujeres son violadas por sus captores, y si se resisten las matan.These women are raped by their captors, and if they resist they are killed.
9. (to stand in opposition; used with "a")
a. to resist
Los maestros se resistían a la nueva política de evaluación.The teachers resisted the new assessment policy.
b. to oppose
Muchos conservadores se resisten al matrimonio homosexual.Many conservatives oppose same-sex marriage.
10. (to fight temptation)
a. to resist
Todos me habían aconsejado que no hiciera nada, pero no he podido resistirme.Everyone had been advising me not to to do anything, but I was unable to resist.
11. (to be too hard)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Por más que lo intento, se me resiste esta materia.However hard I try, this subject is beyond me.
Pablo toma clases particulares porque se le resisten las matemáticas.Pablo takes private lessons because he finds math difficult.
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resistir
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (dolor, peso, críticas)
a. to withstand
resiste muy mal el calorhe can't take the heat
2. (tentación, impulso, deseo)
a. to resist
3. (tolerar)
a. to tolerate, to stand
no lo resisto más, me voyI can't stand it any longer, I'm off
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (ejército, ciudad)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
resistir (a algo/a alguien)to resist (something/somebody)
5. (persona)
a. to keep going
ese corredor resiste muchothat runner has a lot of stamina
el tocadiscos aún resistethe record player's still going strong
resistir a algoto stand up to something, to withstand something
6. (mesa, dique)
a. to take the strain
resistir a algoto withstand something
7. (mostrarse firme; ante tentaciones)
a. to resist (it)
resistir a algoto resist something
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
8. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
resistirse (a algo)to resist (something)
por más que empujo esta puerta se resistehowever hard I push, this door refuses to give way
resistirse a hacer algoto refuse to do something
me resisto a creerloI refuse to believe it
no hay hombre que se le resistano man can resist her
se le resisten las matemáticasshe just can't get the hang of maths
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resistir
transitive verb
1 [+peso] to bear; take; support; [+presión] to take; withstand
2 [+ataque, tentación] to resist; [+propuesta] to resist; oppose; make a stand against
resisto todo menos la tentación I can resist anything but temptation
3 (tolerar) to put up with; endure
no puedo resistir este frío I can't bear o stand this cold; no lo resisto un momento más I'm not putting up with this a moment longer
4
resistirle la mirada a algn to stare sb out
intransitive verb
1 (oponer resistencia) to resist
2 (durar) to last (out); hold out
el equipo no puede resistir mucho tiempo más the team can't last o hold out much longer; el coche resiste todavía the car is still holding out o going
3 (soportar peso)
¿resistirá la silla? will the chair take it?
pronominal verb
resistirse
1 (oponer resistencia) to resist
2 (no estar dispuesto)
resistirse a hacer algo to be reluctant to do sth; resist doing sth; no me resisto a citar algunos versos I can't resist quoting a few lines; me resisto a creerlo I find it hard to believe
3 (encontrar difícil)
se me resiste la química I'm not very good at chemistry
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