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 He was recognized for the milestone during a break in the action of the first period, receiving stick taps from both benches and waving to the crowd that gave him a standing ovation. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Sharks forward Patrick Marleau ties record for NHL games played," 17 Apr. 2021 His last putt of the week came with thousands of patrons surrounding the 18th green, regaling him with a standing ovation and a roar. Tim Reynolds, ajc, "Zalatoris' Masters debut ends with him a shot back," 12 Apr. 2021 The Astros played a tribute video before Monday night's game, which brought the crowd to its feet for a standing ovation. Matt Young, Chron, "Astros fans give A.J. Hinch standing ovation in return to Houston," 12 Apr. 2021 The Jazz called a 20-second timeout, giving Scott the opportunity to pull Bryant from the game to a standing ovation that rocked the building. Los Angeles Times, "How Byron Scott helped Kobe Bryant get to 60-point finale," 12 Apr. 2021 Leaving the 18th hole Sunday, Zalatoris, 24, received a standing ovation from the fans ringing the green. New York Times, "Hideki Matsuyama Wins the Masters With a Groundbreaking Performance," 11 Apr. 2021 Gaetz’s remarks received a standing ovation from a group of a few dozen people who gathered at the outdoor event. Annie Martin,, "Matt Gaetz speaks at pro-Trump women’s group event in Doral: I’m ‘not going anywhere’," 10 Apr. 2021 Words on a page can be ignored, forgotten; in The Dissident, which got a standing ovation at Sundance, this story is brought to life via the magic trick that only the best documentary films can pull off. Andy Meek, Forbes, "The Best Movies And TV Shows About Journalism On Netflix, HBO, And Video On Demand," 10 Apr. 2021 And in the biggest of reconciliations, Swift gave a standing ovation to her ex Harry Styles at the 2021 Grammys. Natalie Morin,, "Taylor Swift Is Bringing An Ex Out Of The Vault In A Brand New Song," 8 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lee left the department in 2019 after resigning in good standing. Tandra Smith |, al, "South Alabama police officer arrested on ethics violations, tampering charges," 7 Apr. 2021 Woodson was also able to affirm commitments from 2021 signee Logan Duncomb and 2022 verbal pledge C.J. Gunn, keeping the Hoosiers' future in good standing. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "Trayce Jackson-Davis: "I was almost dead set on entering the draft and hiring an agent.”," 3 Apr. 2021 Also on April 7 a seminar will be held at 2 p.m. on student loans, including information on how to keep your student loans in good standing and understand repayment options. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "April brings virtual tips on student loans, housing, more," 1 Apr. 2021 The approval means the Greater Grace World Outreach Church in Frankford is back in good standing with the city, after it was supposed to have closed March 14 for not following masking and distancing rules. Christine Condon,, "Baltimore church resolves dispute with city health department after defying closure order for weeks," 31 Mar. 2021 Her clinical social worker license remains in good standing in Utah. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, "A girl, her hands zip tied, was forced to sit in a horse trough at a Utah ‘troubled-teen’ center," 26 Mar. 2021 But even though Yasui was an Army Reserve officer in good standing (via the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in college) and the military was desperate for officers, he was turned away. oregonlive, "Minoru Yasui Day honors Oregon native who endured unjust imprisonment and fought on, declaring: ‘This shall never happen again’," 26 Mar. 2021 Pliant European states have had to bolster their own commitment to religious liberty so as to remain in good standing with the global hegemon. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Religious Persecution Abroad Reminds Us Why Religious Liberty Matters," 20 Mar. 2021 As long as their account remains in good standing, NVIDIA will keep the introductory pricing intact through what it’s calling the Founders for Life benefit. Marco Chiappetta, Forbes, "NVIDIA Enhances Quality, Introduces New Membership Tiers To Its GFN Game Streaming Service," 18 Mar. 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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20 Apr 2021

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“Standing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 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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