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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


a hypothesis that won't stand up to close analysis

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now, as then, the inner voice tells us to stand up and move forward. Leada Gore |,, "D-Day 75th anniversary: Inspirational quotes, remembrances in honor of June 6, 1944 battle," 6 June 2019 The officer pulled out his stun gun and fired, but Vasquez separated the wires from the probes, stood up and moved toward the officer, according to police. Dallas News, "Fort Worth officer shot burglary suspect who threatened him, police say," 6 June 2019 The RedHawks made two runs stand up for two sectional victories. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Voss not at a loss: Michigan recruit Lexi Voss powers up as Marist routs Geneva, reaches state for 2nd time in 3 years," 4 June 2019 Then the graduates broke into the biggest cheers of the morning and stood up, applauding. Errin Haines Whack, The Seattle Times, "Speaker stuns 2019 Morehouse grads, to pay off student debt," 20 May 2019 Try to stay low and not stand up entirely for the full 45 seconds. SELF, "4-Move Cardio and Burnout," 28 Apr. 2019 These quartz surfaces are showpieces that wow the eye and stand up to your hardest tasks and messes. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Caesarstone Countertops," 5 Apr. 2019 The full story tonight — Jackie Orozco (@JackieWSYX6) August 8, 2018 Medics told Sanders to stand up, which caused the newborn to turn facedown in the water, the Chillicothe Gazette reported. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Baby survives birth in Burger King restroom as mom OD'd on heroin, police say," 10 Aug. 2018 Looking for a table covering that will stand up to stains at your next al-fresco party? Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "What to Do with Fabric Scraps, No Matter How Little You Have Leftover," 17 Apr. 2019

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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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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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