stand

verb
\ ˈstand How to pronounce stand (audio) \
stood\ ˈstu̇d How to pronounce stood (audio) \; 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

stand

noun

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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Other Words from stand

Verb

stander noun

Synonyms for stand

Synonyms: Verb

be, bear, lie, sit

Synonyms: Noun

dais, platform, podium, rostrum, stage, tribune

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Verb

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

Verb

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.

Noun

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

In keeping with a long-standing policy of not commenting on countries’ internal affairs, India declined to take a position on the Washington Post columnist’s killing by suspected Saudi agents. Ashok Sharma, The Seattle Times, "Saudi crown prince backs India’s fight against terrorism," 20 Feb. 2019 The Poodle on The Masked Singer is stand-up comedian Margaret Cho. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "We Swear This Theory About Who the Poodle Is on 'The Masked Singer' Is Right," 23 Jan. 2019 Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialist and stand-out winner from the 2018 midterms, has been a fixture in conservative media coverage of the new Congress. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Responded to Right Wing Outrage About Her Dancing with a New Dancing Video," 4 Jan. 2019 Ken Jeong landed a Netflix stand-up special that will also be directed by Chu. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians’ crazy rich success could mean more stories about less crazy rich Asian-American people.," 21 Dec. 2018 The announcement fulfills Waymo's long-standing promise to offer a commercial service by the end of the year. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo One, the groundbreaking self-driving taxi service, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 The effort to maintain her milk supply was the price Levine, now 32, paid for four days of sunlit palapas, stand-up paddleboarding, and fresh watermelon juice—without her 10-month-old son. Sarah Firshein, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Survive That First Trip Away from Your Baby," 3 Dec. 2018 This prevents you from standing around too long at the start. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "14 Experienced New York City Marathoners Share Their Best Tips for First-Timers," 30 Oct. 2018 Curved stone walls, a free-standing cone fireplace, and a circular kitchen island add to the midcentury-modern style. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury honeymoon crash pad of Elvis and Priscilla Presley wants $3.2M," 16 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unsurprisingly, her parents didn't exactly embrace their daughter's stand-up aspirations. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 16 Dec. 2018 Ellen announced earlier this month that Netflix will release her stand-up special Relatable on December 18, her first special in 15 years. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Ellen DeGeneres Might End Her Talk Show Sooner Than You Think," 12 Dec. 2018 This also means that the center aisle of the van is open to haul long items, like a stand-up-paddle board. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Compact camper van fits a bathroom, sleeps two," 27 Nov. 2018 Borstein also thanked her team and costars at Mrs. Maisel—the Amazon hit starring Rachel Brosnahan as the titular stand-up comedian—and her family. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alex Borstein Accepted Her Emmy Award Without a Bra and We're All Inspired," 18 Sep. 2018 No, this is the cooler that's a stand-in for an extra fridge at your house. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "This Cooler Is "Certified Bear Resistant." What Does That Really Mean?," 21 Dec. 2018 The artwork was on a stand inside the community center at 11902 Lowell Ave. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Boy 'hugged' $132,000 sculpture at OP community center. Mom says city seeking damages.," 14 June 2018 The plan worked marvelously, as Osen passed three runners in the last 400 to claim eighth place and a spot on the award stand. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Georgia wins, records fall, the Oregon Ducks barely register in NCAA men's track," 8 June 2018 But for all of the criticism Nike and Kaepernick have received, there are also staunch supporters of the social stand both are taking. Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "Black-ish Star Jennifer Lewis Wears Nike to the 2018 Emmys to Support Colin Kaepernick," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of stand

Verb

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

Noun

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stand

Verb

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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stand

verb

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

stand

noun

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

stand

verb
\ ˈstand How to pronounce stand (audio) \
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

stand

noun

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)

stand

verb
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

stand

noun

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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