\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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from stand


stander noun

Choose the Right Synonym for stand


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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sporting a crisp white wrap dress that showed off one endless exposed leg, the Westworld star paired her wavy, textured stands with a swirl of peony blush and matching sheer lip color. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Tessa Thompson's Easy Bob Makes the Case for a Big Night Out Transformation," 21 Nov. 2018 All of that comes in a relatively compact box that can be stood horizontally or vertically to save space and has ports on both the front and back. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 Peipert was 48, stood at 5 feet, 5 inches, and weighed 174 pounds. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 This knowledge gap is a bit distressing; the odds that Earth will get slammed by such a big asteroid in the next 100 years stand at 1 percent, Dunham said — the same probability that you (or me, or anyone) will die in an auto accident. Mike Wall,, "Asteroid Billiards: This Wild Idea to Protect Earth Just Might Work," 24 Aug. 2018 This requires Democrats to come up with a plan that is striking and visionary enough that normal people stand a chance of actually hearing about and understanding it. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "House Democrats must resist Trump’s infrastructure trap," 9 Nov. 2018 Catra, who stands somewhere between Adora’s best friend, sister, and first love, is tasked with bringing Adora back to the Evil Horde. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Netflix’s She-Ra reboot follows closely in Steven Universe’s footsteps," 8 Nov. 2018 O’Rourke, a Democrat, energized millions of Texans and inspired voters across the country by challenging the traditionally Republican stronghold in the South, all while standing firm in his positions. Sarah Emily Baum, Teen Vogue, "Why Do Candidates Run for Office When There’s Little Chance They Can Win?," 7 Nov. 2018 But the standout moment came when a little girl somehow got over or through the barriers, and stood right in front of Meghan. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Just Met the Sweetest Little Girl on the Final Day of the Royal Tour," 31 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Google parent company Alphabet has a dedicated life sciences research subsidiary called Verily and a life extension effort known as Calico, both of which stand to benefit from easier access to wider health data sets and research results. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple might help bring veterans’ medical records into the modern era," 21 Nov. 2018 Backers of the Checkpoint Charlie plan say anything would be an improvement on the current mixture of empty building lots and mobile sausage stands. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Berlin Is Again Divided, and Wonders If David Hasselhoff Will Pick Sides," 9 Nov. 2018 If that's the case, Pete has already broken it, both by referencing it in a recent stand-up routine and alluding to it in a new SNL promo. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson Reportedly Cut an SNL Sketch He Wrote About Ariana Grande," 2 Nov. 2018 This stand currently holds the top spot in our best wireless charger roundup. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "Amazon's 1-day Anker sale brings all-time low prices on chargers and cables," 2 Nov. 2018 Fitness: Body Battery, SpO2, and more Body Battery The two stand-out features of the Vivosmart 4 are Body Battery and SpO2 monitoring. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Garmin Vivosmart 4 review: An affordable band for easy fitness, SpO2 data," 27 Oct. 2018 One of them happened after a woman won a medal and her boyfriend leapt out of the stands. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "It's Okay to Say 'No' to the Engagement Ring," 22 Oct. 2018 The gadget comes in two forms—a 10-inch screen that looks like an Echo Show ($199) and Portal + ($349), a pivoting 15-inch tablet that’s affixed to a stand. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Facebook enters the home assistant market with Portal," 9 Oct. 2018 On top of that, the Twitterverse was quick to point out that the background appeared to be blinking during Samuel J. Comroe's stand-up routine. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Fans Enraged After Sacred Riana's Act Was Mysteriously "Cut Off"," 22 Aug. 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.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about stand

Statistics for stand

Last Updated

27 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for stand

The first known use of stand was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for stand



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on stand

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with stand

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for stand

Spanish Central: Translation of stand

Nglish: Translation of stand for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of stand for Arabic Speakers

Comments on stand

What made you want to look up stand? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to move with a clumsy heavy tread

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!