stand by

verb

Definition of stand by

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be present; also :  to remain apart or aloof

  3. 2 :  to be or to get ready to act <an ambulance was standing by>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to remain loyal or faithful to :  defend <stood by his decision>

Examples of stand by in a sentence

  1. <no matter how much people object, I will stand by my decision>

13th Century

First Known Use of stand by

13th century



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