[v] withstand the force of something; "The trees resisted her"; "stand the test of time"; "The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow"
[v] stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
[v] fight back, also metaphorically; "His body protested against the harsh training"
[v] refuse to comply
[v] elude, esp. in a baffling way; "This behavior defies explanation"
balk, baulk, defy, dissent, fend, hold out, jib, protest, refuse, stand, stand firm, withstand