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stand by

verb

Definition of stand by

  • intransitive verb
    1. 1 :  to be present; also :  to remain apart or aloof

    2. 2 :  to be or to get ready to act <an ambulance was standing by>

    3. transitive verb
    4. :  to remain loyal or faithful to :  defend <stood by his decision>



    Examples of stand by in a sentence

    1. <no matter how much people object, I will stand by my decision>



    13th Century

    First Known Use of stand by

    13th century



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