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Definition of stand-up

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : erect, upright
b : stiffened to stay upright without folding over a stand-up collar
2 : performed in, performing in, or requiring a standing position a stand-up bar especially : of, relating to, performing, or being a monologue of jokes, gags, or satirical comments delivered usually while standing alone on a stage or in front of a camera stand-up comedy a stand-up comedian
3 : marked by a high degree of personal integrity or loyalty a stand-up guy



Definition of stand-up (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : stand-up comedy also : a performer of such comedy
2 : a television broadcast in which the reporter or narrator faces the camera with the scene of the story in the background

stand up

stood up; standing up; stands up

Definition of stand up (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to rise to a standing position
2 : to remain sound and intact under stress, attack, or close scrutiny

transitive verb

: to fail to keep an appointment with
stand up for
: to defend against attack or criticism
stand up to
1 : to meet fairly and fully
2 : to face boldly
stand up with
: to be best man or maid of honor for at a wedding ceremony

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Examples of stand-up in a Sentence

Verb a hypothesis that won't stand up to close analysis
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And then this time made the lead stand up, holding off a late surge for a 2-1 victory to hand River Hill its first loss of the season. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, "Glenelg field hockey hands River Hill first loss | Howard County sports roundup," 29 Mar. 2021 Sudders said in a legislative oversight hearing on Tuesday that McKinsey helped the state stand up its COVID command center a year ago and continues to help the state distribute vaccines and compile regular public reports on the its progress., "Maura Healey attacks Charlie Baker for contracts with McKinsey in wake of opioid settlement: ‘It’s outrageous’," 25 Mar. 2021 The only question that remains is whether their legislators will stand up to the superintendents and the governor and see this program through. Jason Bedrick, National Review, "Kentucky’s Governor vs. School Choice," 25 Mar. 2021 And yet, Intel is still terrified, having mounted a massive ad campaign in an attempt to convince the world that the M1 MacBooks can’t stand up to Windows 10 laptops running on Intel hardware. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Apple’s M1 chips might just be the beginning of Intel’s nightmare," 24 Mar. 2021 Designed with holes or spikes, this compact tool helps stalks stand up straight instead of flop. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, "How To Use a Flower Frog," 20 Mar. 2021 Its fade-resistant material ensures the vivid colors will stand up well over time. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "10 Prettiest Outdoor Pillows to Spruce Up Your Patio This Summer," 18 Mar. 2021 Then Ochoa, making his first appearance for the U-23s, made the score stand up. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "USMNT inches closer to Olympic soccer berth with win over Costa Rica," 18 Mar. 2021 Getting within 40 yards of any black bear makes the hair on my neck stand up. Ben Romans, Outdoor Life, "Idaho Black Bear Hunting Offers a Close-to-Home Adventure," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of stand-up


1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

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“Stand-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stand-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: done by a performer who is standing alone on a stage
: performing stand-up comedy
: done in or requiring a standing position



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

: stand-up comedy
: a performer who does stand-up comedy : a stand-up comedian

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