verb \with-ˈstand, with-\

: to not be harmed or affected by (something)

: to deal with (something, such as an attack or criticism) successfully


Full Definition of WITHSTAND

transitive verb
a :  to stand up against :  oppose with firm determination; especially :  to resist successfully
b :  to be proof against :  resist the effect of <withstand the impact of a landing — Current Biography>
archaic :  to stop or obstruct the course of

Examples of WITHSTAND

  1. cookware that can withstand high temperatures
  2. I couldn't withstand the rigors of army life.
  3. They withstood attacks from many critics.


Middle English, from Old English withstandan, from with against + standan to stand
First Known Use: before 12th century


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