stand·​ing | \ ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce standing (audio) \

Definition of standing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : not yet cut or harvested standing timber standing grain
b : upright on the feet or base : erect the standing audience
2 : not flowing : stagnant standing water
3a : remaining at the same level, degree, or amount for an indeterminate period a standing offer
b : continuing in existence or use indefinitely a standing joke
4 : established by law or custom
5 : not movable
6 : done from a standing position a standing jump a standing ovation



Definition of standing (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a place to stand in : location
b : a position from which one may assert or enforce legal rights and duties
2a : length of service or experience especially as determining rank, pay, or privilege
b : position or condition in society or in a profession especially : good reputation a member in good standing
c : position relative to a standard of achievement or to achievements of competitors also standings plural : a listing of the standings of individuals or teams (as in a league)
3 : maintenance of position or condition : duration a custom of long standing

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Synonyms & Antonyms for standing

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of standing in a Sentence

Adjective Start the exercise in a standing position. The standing offer for the computer system is $1,499. Noun a lawyer of high standing They've won five games in a row and are starting to move up in the standings. They're in first place in the current standings. a marriage of many years' standing
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Hawley, who played a prominent role in objecting to the Electoral College results in Congress, received a standing ovation for referencing his opposition. Quinn Scanlan And Kendall Karson, ABC News, "3 key takeaways from Friday's CPAC event: Speakers stand behind Trump," 26 Feb. 2021 Ingram performed a monologue and received a standing ovation. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "‘Queen’s Gambit’ actor Moses Ingram’s unrelenting journey from West Baltimore to Hollywood," 25 Feb. 2021 Williams, meanwhile, left to a standing ovation from the Melbourne crowd, who had been cheering her on for a third set. Justin Curto, Vulture, "Naomi Osaka Shouts Out Serena Williams After Emotional Australian Open Win," 18 Feb. 2021 The lawyer drew a standing ovation when the speech ended, but Ms. Rowan, the only Black attorney present, remained seated, The Washington Post reported. New York Times, "Barbara Ann Rowan, Who Spurred Advances for Black Lawyers, Dies at 82," 18 Feb. 2021 Fisher handles vocals with Stanley when its her turn, earning a standing ovation from the packed crowd at House of Blues. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "'They get a spark out of the music': New documentary goes inside the legendary 'Rock Camp'," 16 Feb. 2021 After giving a fist-bump to West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins, Beard walked off the court to a standing ovation. Dallas News, "3 takeaways from No. 7 Texas Tech’s loss to No. 14 West Virginia: Mountaineers win the game at the line," 10 Feb. 2021 Goodman, who stood at the back of the chamber, received a standing ovation. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Trump impeachment trial headed for likely vote Saturday," 12 Feb. 2021 Goodman was in the Senate chamber as Schumer spoke, and the entire Senate stood and turned toward him, giving him a standing ovation., "Senate votes to give Congress’ top honor to Goodman, the Capitol Police officer who redirected the violent mob," 12 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From one of the most Minnesota-laden Gophers classes in decades, Kalscheur is the last one standing, carrying the torch for that group. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "Gophers basketball season tests Gabe Kalscheur's mettle," 13 Feb. 2021 Judge Annette Berry of the Wayne County Circuit Court earlier in the case sided with consumers and ruled the Michigan Consumer Protection Act gives them the standing to sue. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan AG Dana Nessel joins Ford Focus, Fiesta owners in transmission case," 12 Feb. 2021 At the same time, Mr. Navalny has become a more powerful political force with international standing, raising the stakes around street protests. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Navalny Movement Scraps Protests as It Digs In for Long Haul," 7 Feb. 2021 The fact that intelligence can be difficult and tedious to correlate was perhaps the last natural rampart standing between us and total surveillance. Arthur Holland Michel, Wired, "There Are Spying Eyes Everywhere—and Now They Share a Brain," 4 Feb. 2021 The site, now shuttered, required users to share images of abuse to maintain good standing, according to court documents. New York Times, "F.B.I. Agents Killed in Florida Shooting," 2 Feb. 2021 Brady has completed passes to 37 players in his nine previous Super Bowl trips, with a few standing out as his favorite targets. Josh Dubow, ajc, "Brady Bunch: QB has taken over 200 teammates to Super Bowl," 31 Jan. 2021 Having one liaison – a person who has access to both a player’s academic and athletic standing – is key toward building relationships with college coaches. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "With 2021 class facing unfortunate reality, recruiting coordinators are as valuable as ever to Dallas-area football programs," 29 Jan. 2021 Trump’s political standing among Republican leaders in Washington remains low. Steve Peoples, Anchorage Daily News, "GOP signals unwillingness to part with Trump after riot," 27 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of standing


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of standing was in the 14th century

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3 Mar 2021

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“Standing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of standing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: used in or for standing
: done while in a standing position
: not flowing



English Language Learners Definition of standing (Entry 2 of 2)

: the position or rank of someone in a group
US, sports : a list that shows the positions of the players or teams that are competing against each other
: length of existence


stand·​ing | \ ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce standing (audio) \

Kids Definition of standing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : erect entry 1 a standing position
2 : done while standing a standing ovation
3 : not flowing : stagnant a standing pool
4 : remaining at the same level or amount until canceled a standing offer
5 : permanent a standing invitation



Kids Definition of standing (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : length of existence or service It's a custom of long standing.
2 : position entry 1 sense 5, status My friend had the highest standing in the class.



Legal Definition of standing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: continuing in existence, use, or effect indefinitely a standing order



Legal Definition of standing (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the status of being qualified to assert or enforce legal rights or duties in a judicial forum because one has a sufficient and protectable interest in the outcome of a justiciable controversy and usually has suffered or is threatened with actual injury only one who already has standing can argue the public interest in support of his claimHawaii's Thousand Friends v. Anderson, 768 P.2d 1293 (1989)
2 : a principle requiring that a party have standing in order to justify the exercise of the court's remedial powers

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