\ˈstand \
stood\ˈstu̇d \; standing

Definition of stand 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to support oneself on the feet in an erect position

b : to be a specified height when fully erect stands six feet two

c : to rise to an erect position

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

3 : to be in a particular state or situation stands accused

4 : to hold a course at sea

5 obsolete : hesitate

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

7 chiefly British : to be a candidate : run

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

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

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

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

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

13 : to refuse additional cards (as in blackjack)

transitive verb

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

2 : to remain firm in the face of stand a siege

3 : to submit to stand trial

4a : to perform the duty of stand guard

b : to participate in (a military formation)

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

6 : to cause to stand : set upright

7 : to make available for breeding stand a stallion

stand a chance

: to have a chance

stand for

1 : to be a symbol for : represent

2 : to put up with : permit

stand on

1 : to depend on

2 : to insist on never stands on ceremony

stand one's ground

: to maintain one's position

stand on one's own feet

: to think or act independently

stand tall

: to exhibit courage, strength, or calm especially in the face of adversity

stand treat

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



Definition of stand (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a halt for defense or resistance

b : 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 : an act of stopping or staying in one place

3a : a place or post where one stands

b : a strongly or aggressively held position especially on a debatable issue took a stand against higher taxes

4a : the place taken by a witness for testifying in court

b stands plural

(1) : a section of the tiered seats for spectators of a sport or spectacle

(2) : the occupants of such seats

c : a raised platform (as for a speaker or hunter) serving as a point of vantage

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 : a place where a passenger vehicle stops or parks a taxi stand

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

9 : a group of plants growing in a continuous area

10 : a standing posture

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stander noun

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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

Examples of stand in a Sentence


She was standing near the window. He was standing next to me. All of the seats on the bus were taken so we had to stand. He can stand using a cane. He was standing in a puddle of water. The deer stood still, listening for danger. We had to stand in line for over an hour. Two bowling pins were left standing. A shovel and rake stood in the corner. She stood the ladder against the house.


The team insured their victory with an impressive goal-line stand. The army is preparing to make a stand against the enemy. students making a stand against the war We have display stands in many bookstores.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Shinekwa Kershaw, 27, stood outside Armageddon armed with an umbrella, a lawn chair and a bottle of spray sunscreen. Zoe Greenberg, New York Times, "Friday the 13th, a ‘Tattoo Holiday’," 13 July 2018 But Trump may stand on sturdier political footing in the next stage of debate over how to deal with families accused of crossing the border illegally, according to a Washington Post-Schar School poll released last week. Scott Clement, Washington Post, "The public rejected Trump’s child-separation policy, but a majority supports his push to detain families until court hearings," 13 July 2018 After a couple of quick handshakes, the president and first lady stood for the U.S. national anthem, hands over their hearts. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Tea With Queen Elizabeth II and a Giant Baby Trump—a President's London Itinerary," 13 July 2018 Many of Serena Joy Waterford’s (Yvonne Strahovski) firebrand conservative ideals stand as the bedrock of Gilead., "The Handmaid’s Tale," 13 July 2018 In one memorable lesson, my uncle stood on the porch during a thunderstorm and called us outside to listen to the crash of thunderclaps. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 In what may be the greatest college football game ever played, his performance still stands as an all-timer. Ben Ladner,, "The 10 Best National Championship Game Performances of the BCS Era," 13 July 2018 At one point, Calhoun, longtime assistant George Blaney and their former point guard Taliek Brown, back at UConn as part of Hurley’s staff, stood together and chatted. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: The Bond Of Dee And Ginny Rowe Was The Bond For Countless Communities, A UConn Family," 12 July 2018 On the first floor stood Will Power, talking to his engineer. Chapel Fowler, charlotteobserver, "In 2008, Will Power didn’t have a ride. He’s now the first N.C.-based Indy 500 winner.," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Klement's sausages and hot dogs will be found at two stands and several kiosks. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Laughing Taco, FreshFin Poke, Iron Grate BBQ and Palermo's-inspired pizza coming to Bucks arena," 12 July 2018 Ierardi took the stand and testified in his own defense. Emily Sweeney,, "Four decades have passed since five men were found dead at the Blackfriars Pub in Boston," 12 July 2018 Both charge into the stands, and several spectators are spiked during the altercation. Mike Klingaman,, "The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History, July 8-14," 8 July 2018 The County Fire burned actively throughout Monday, ripping through dry grass, oak stands and brush about 55 miles northwest of Sacramento between Highway 16 and Lake Berryessa. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "More than 2,000 firefighters battling County Fire as blaze reaches 70,000 acres," 3 July 2018 Next to them there were coffee stands and artists selling their wares. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Surprises await when you explore the green spaces of New York City," 30 June 2018 Roughly the size of a single-serve box of cereal, the SunLight has a 100-watt LED lantern on one side and a solar panel on the other, plus a swiveling wire that doubles as a stand and a clip for hanging. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "The Best Solar Lights for Road Life," 29 June 2018 In order to advertise her son's lemonade stand and encourage members of her community to stop by, Gaggero also started a fundraising page on Facebook. Olivia Harrison,, "The Inspiring Way A 6-Year-Old And His Family Raised $13,000 For RAICES," 28 June 2018 The festivities continue throughout the day until 8 p.m. There are games of chance, a dunking booth, food stands, and bingo- just to name a few things. Chuck Gait, Howard County Times, "Student heads to National History Day competition [Highland/Fulton]," 28 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stand.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of stand


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of stand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



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

: 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


\ˈstand \
stood\ˈstu̇d \; standing

Kids Definition of stand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to be in or take an upright position on the feet Stand for the pledge.

2 : to take up or stay in a specified position or condition Stand aside. The judges stood firm.

3 : to rest, remain, or set in a usually vertical position A clock stands on the shelf.

4 : to be in a specified place Their house stands on the hill.

5 : to put up with : endure He can't stand pain.

6 : to have an opinion How do you stand on the issue?

7 : to stay in effect The order still stands.

8 : undergo stand trial

9 : to perform the duty of stand guard

stand by

1 : to be or remain loyal or true to I stand by my promise. He stood by a friend.

2 : to be present We stood by and watched the fight.

3 : to be or get ready to act I'll stand by to help.

stand for

1 : to be a symbol for : represent What does your middle initial stand for?

2 : to put up with : permit His teacher won't stand for any nonsense.

stand out

: to be easily seen or recognized Two members of the bodyguard did stand out from the others.— Judith Berry Griffin, Phoebe the Spy

stand up

1 : to stay in good condition This type of watch stands up well under hard use.

2 : to fail to keep an appointment with You stood me up yesterday.

stand up for stand up to

: to face boldly



Kids Definition of stand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a structure containing rows of seats for spectators of a sport or spectacle

2 : a stall or booth often outdoors for a small business a fruit stand

3 : position entry 1 sense 2 They took a strong stand on the question.

4 : a group of plants growing near one another a stand of pine trees

5 : an act of stopping or staying in one place

6 : a halt for defense or resistance Villagers made a stand against the enemy.

7 : a place or post which a person occupies : station The witness took the stand.

8 : a small structure (as a rack or table) on or in which something may be placed an umbrella stand

9 : a raised area (as for speakers or performers)


stood; standing

Legal Definition of stand 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to be in a particular state or situation stand accused

2 : to remain valid or effective let the ruling stand

transitive verb

: to submit to stand trial

stand in judgment

: to submit to the judgment of the court

stand in the shoes of

: to assume the rights or obligations of

stand mute

: to be effectively silent: as

a : to exercise the privilege against self-incrimination (as in a trial)

b : to raise no objections the prosecution agreed to stand mute at the sentencing

stand on

: to depend on especially as the basis of an argument or claim a party who stands on the writing as a complete and exclusive embodiment of the contract— J. J. White and R. S. Summers



Legal Definition of stand (Entry 2 of 2)

: the place taken by a witness for testifying in court take the stand — compare bar, bench, dock, sidebar

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