standby

noun
stand·​by | \ ˈstan(d)-ˌbī How to pronounce standby (audio) \
plural standbys\ ˈstan(d)-​ˌbīz How to pronounce standby (audio) \

Definition of standby

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : one to be relied on especially in emergencies
b : a favorite or reliable choice or resource
2 : one that is held in reserve ready for use : substitute
on standby
: ready or available for immediate action or use

standby

adjective

Definition of standby (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : held near at hand and ready for use a standby power plant standby equipment
2 : relating to the act or condition of standing by standby duty a standby period
3 : of, relating to, or traveling by an airline service in which the passenger must wait for an available unreserved seat standby passengers a standby ticket

standby

adverb

Definition of standby (Entry 3 of 4)

: on a standby basis fly standby

stand by

verb
stood by; standing by; stands by

Definition of stand by (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to be present also : to remain apart or aloof
2 : to be or to get ready to act an ambulance was standing by

transitive verb

: to remain loyal or faithful to : defend stood by his decision

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Synonyms & Antonyms for standby

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of standby in a Sentence

Noun More police officers were sent as standbys. We bought an electric generator as a standby. Verb no matter how much people object, I will stand by my decision
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun SeaWorld San Diego remains on standby to help with mammals and sea turtles affected by the spill, but has not received any to date, a spokeswoman said. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Oct. 2021 Local police departments and the U.S. National Guard were on standby. Fox News, 19 Sep. 2021 Local police departments and the U.S. National Guard were on standby. Arkansas Online, 19 Sep. 2021 Local police departments and the U.S. National Guard were on standby. Fox News, 19 Sep. 2021 Local police departments and the U.S. National Guard were on standby. Arkansas Online, 19 Sep. 2021 Local police departments and the U.S. National Guard were on standby. Fox News, 19 Sep. 2021 Local police departments and the U.S. National Guard were on standby. Arkansas Online, 19 Sep. 2021 Local police departments and the U.S. National Guard were on standby. Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The British government put dozens of soldiers on standby Monday to help easy fuel supply problems caused by a shortage of truck drivers, a situation that has spurred panic buying of gasoline across the country. Jill Lawless, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Sep. 2021 But finding a consensus among the 27 EU member states to create such a standby EU force of around 5,000 troops is not an easy task. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2021 The company also declined to list the attractions, though one will be Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a gentle Disney World roller coaster where the standby wait can exceed two hours on busy weekends. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2021 Rumors claim that the iPad mini 6 will look very similar to the iPad Air, complete with a Touch ID sensor inside the standby button. Chris Smith, BGR, 16 Aug. 2021 Biden on Saturday approved the additional direct deployment of a battalion of 1,000 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division directly in Kabul, instead of their original standby position in Kuwait. Donald Judd And Barbara Starr, CNN, 14 Aug. 2021 Home standby generators automatically kick on when the grid stops supplying power to your house, whereas a portable generator is smaller and requires more planning. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 6 Aug. 2021 Travelers can also use the app or website to apply for same-day standby upgrades. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 5 Aug. 2021 Auto standby mode kicks in when the A-3s are not in use for five minutes. Gregg Ellman, Star Tribune, 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Flying standby on the same day and putting frequent flier miles back into loyalty accounts are becoming free benefits, too. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Dec. 2020 Alaska Airlines only allows certain tickets to fly standby, including refundable main cabin tickets and first class tickets. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 18 Sep. 2020 Allied Pilots Association spokesman Dennis Tajer said there is also an unusually high number of pilots working standby in recent months. Kyle Arnold, chicagotribune.com, 3 Sep. 2020 Currently, travelers must pay a $75 fee to fly standby. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2020 According to the JetBlue website, customers with travel planned between September 5 and September 17 can rebook or travel standby without paying additional fees. Natasha Bach, Fortune, 7 Sep. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Speaking from a lectern Friday, senior commander at APG Major Gen. Robert Edmonson II thanked gold star families, and said APG would always stand by them. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, 2 Oct. 2021 Despite the calls from Republicans for Milley to be dismissed, the White House on Wednesday continued to stand by him. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 15 Sep. 2021 Ah, see, but what about the people who stand by and help you when self-checkout gets confusing? Aj Willingham, CNN, 30 June 2021 Those are the teams that stand by each other and partner together through good and bad times. Marina Cvetkovic, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Today’s Republican Party is eager to silence corporations that stand by their values and those of their employees and customers. Arkansas Online, 10 Apr. 2021 According to Gonzalez, that's not enough reason to stand by the convictions. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, 7 Apr. 2021 Navarro had sponsored a lot of people through addiction recovery and was well known as someone who would stand by people after setbacks and mistakes, said his longtime friend Nathan Spendlove. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Oct. 2021 That set up an exciting finish where Westminster made Stewart’s late goal stand by denying the Lions a last-second scoring chance. Eric Bem, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 8 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of standby

Noun

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1971, in the meaning defined above

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of standby was in the 13th century

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16 Oct 2021

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“Standby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/standby. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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standby

noun

English Language Learners Definition of standby

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person or thing that is available especially in emergencies

standby

adjective

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

: relating to or traveling by an airline service in which the passenger must wait for an available seat

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