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verb \ˈstand\

Simple Definition of stand

  • : to be in an upright position with all of your weight on your feet

  • : to move onto your feet from a sitting or low position

  • : to be in an upright position

Full Definition of stand

stood play \ˈstu̇d\ stand·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to support oneself on the feet in an erect positionb :  to be a specified height when fully erect <stands six feet two>c :  to rise to an erect position

  3. 2a :  to take up or maintain a specified position or posture <stand aside> <can you stand on your head>b :  to maintain one's position <stand firm>

  4. 3 :  to be in a particular state or situation <stands accused>

  5. 4 :  to hold a course at sea

  6. 5 obsolete :  hesitate

  7. 6a :  to have or maintain a relative position in or as if in a graded scale <stands first in the class>b :  to be in a position to gain or lose because of an action taken or a commitment made <stands to make quite a profit>

  8. 7 chiefly British :  to be a candidate :  run

  9. 8a :  to rest or remain upright on a base or lower end <a clock stood on the mantle>b :  to occupy a place or location <the house stands on a knoll>

  10. 9a :  to remain stationary or inactive <the car stood in the garage for a week>b :  to gather slowly and remain <tears standing in her eyes>

  11. 10 :  agree, accord —used chiefly in the expression it stands to reason

  12. 11a :  to exist in a definite written or printed form <copy a passage exactly as it stands>b :  to remain valid or efficacious <the order given last week still stands>

  13. 12 of a male animal :  to be available as a sire —used especially of horses

  14. 13 :  to refuse additional cards (as in blackjack)

  15. transitive verb
  16. 1a :  to endure or undergo successfully <this book will stand the test of time>b :  to tolerate without flinching :  bear courageously <stands pain well>c :  to endure the presence or personality of <can't stand the boss>d :  to derive benefit or enjoyment from <you look like you could stand a drink>

  17. 2 :  to remain firm in the face of <stand a siege>

  18. 3 :  to submit to <stand trial>

  19. 4a :  to perform the duty of <stand guard>b :  to participate in (a military formation)

  20. 5 :  to pay the cost of (a treat) :  pay for <I'll stand you a dinner> <stand drinks>

  21. 6 :  to cause to stand :  set upright

  22. 7 :  to make available for breeding <stand a stallion>

stand·er noun
stand a chance
  1. :  to have a chance

stand for
  1. 1 :  to be a symbol for :  represent

  2. 2 :  to put up with :  permit

stand on
  1. 1 :  to depend on

  2. 2 :  to insist on <never stands on ceremony>

stand one's ground
  1. :  to maintain one's position

stand on one's own feet
  1. :  to think or act independently

stand tall
  1. :  to exhibit courage, strength, or calm especially in the face of adversity

stand treat
  1. :  to pay the cost of food, drink, or entertainment for others in a group

Examples of stand

  1. She was standing near the window.

  2. He was standing next to me.

  3. All of the seats on the bus were taken so we had to stand.

  4. He can stand using a cane.

  5. He was standing in a puddle of water.

  6. The deer stood still, listening for danger.

  7. We had to stand in line for over an hour.

  8. Two bowling pins were left standing.

  9. A shovel and rake stood in the corner.

  10. She stood the ladder against the house.

Origin of stand

Middle English, from Old English standan; akin to Old High German stantan, stān to stand, Latin stare, Greek histanai to cause to stand, set, histasthai to stand, be standing

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of stand

bear, suffer, endure, abide, tolerate, stand mean to put up with something trying or painful. bear usually implies the power to sustain without flinching or breaking <forced to bear a tragic loss>. suffer often suggests acceptance or passivity rather than courage or patience in bearing <suffering many insults>. endure implies continuing firm or resolute through trials and difficulties <endured years of rejection>. abide suggests acceptance without resistance or protest <cannot abide their rudeness>. tolerate suggests overcoming or successfully controlling an impulse to resist, avoid, or resent something injurious or distasteful <refused to tolerate such treatment>. stand emphasizes even more strongly the ability to bear without discomposure or flinching <unable to stand teasing>.

Rhymes with stand




Simple Definition of stand

  • : a strongly held opinion about something

  • : a strong effort to defend yourself or oppose something

  • : a partially enclosed structure where things are sold or displayed

Full Definition of stand

  1. 1a :  a halt for defense or resistanceb :  an often defensive effort of some duration or degree of success <a goal-line stand>c (1) :  a stop made to give a performance <a 6-game stand at home> (2) :  a town where such a stop is made

  2. 2 :  an act of stopping or staying in one place

  3. 3a :  a place or post where one standsb :  a strongly or aggressively held position especially on a debatable issue <took a stand against higher taxes>

  4. 4a :  the place taken by a witness for testifying in courtb plural (1) :  a section of the tiered seats for spectators of a sport or spectacle (2) :  the occupants of such seatsc :  a raised platform (as for a speaker or hunter) serving as a point of vantage

  5. 5a :  a small often open-air structure for a small retail business <a vegetable stand> <a hot dog stand>b :  a site fit for business opportunity

  6. 6 :  a place where a passenger vehicle stops or parks <a taxi stand>

  7. 7 :  hive 2

  8. 8 :  a frame on or in which something may be placed for support

  9. 9 :  a group of plants growing in a continuous area

  10. 10 :  a standing posture

Examples of stand

  1. The team insured their victory with an impressive goal-line stand.

  2. The army is preparing to make a stand against the enemy.

  3. students making a stand against the war

  4. We have display stands in many bookstores.


First Known Use of stand


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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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