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withstand

verb with·stand \with-ˈstand, with-\

: to not be harmed or affected by (something)

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

with·stood\-ˈstd\with·stand·ing

Full Definition of WITHSTAND

transitive verb
1
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>
2
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.

Origin of WITHSTAND

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

Synonym Discussion of WITHSTAND

oppose, combat, resist, withstand mean to set oneself against someone or something. oppose can apply to any conflict, from mere objection to bitter hostility or warfare <opposed the plan>. combat stresses the forceful or urgent countering of something <combat disease>. resist implies an overt recognition of a hostile or threatening force and a positive effort to counteract or repel it <resisting temptation>. withstand suggests a more passive resistance <trying to withstand peer pressure>.
WITHSTOOD Defined for Kids

withstand

verb with·stand \with-ˈstand, with-\
with·stood \-ˈstd\with·stand·ing

Definition of WITHSTAND for Kids

1
:  to hold out against <This house is able to withstand the worst weather.>
2
:  to oppose (as an attack) successfully

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