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Definition of stand-up

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 Treatments that seem promising at first yet do not stand up to the scrutiny of careful science are not exactly anomalies in the field of medicine. Monique Brouillette, Scientific American, "Hospitals Experiment with COVID-19 Treatments, Balancing Hope and Evidence," 29 June 2020 Marginalized and underrepresented groups have much to teach the world in 2020—about how to cope with isolation, foster community, and vigorously stand up for the dignity of all people in the face of common vulnerability. Richard Socarides, Fortune, "How companies can celebrate intersectional diversity in a remote work world," 29 June 2020 The British historian Andrew Roberts and others have noted, for example, that a seam of anti-Americanism runs through le Carré’s novels, finding its expression in a moral equivalence that does not stand up to scrutiny. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "America’s Uniquely Humiliating Moment," 24 June 2020 Two recent Trump ads, on the other hand, define Biden as an establishment insider who supported policies that enabled China while destroying American manufacturing and as a politician who is afraid to stand up to far-left fringe movements. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Multimillion-dollar Biden-Trump ad wars begin," 18 June 2020 There's something cleansing, something wholesome about being peaceful and orderly, to stand up with a sense of dignity, and a sense of pride, and never hate. CBS News, "Rep. John Lewis says video of George Floyd's death moved him to tears: "The madness must stop"," 4 June 2020 Fishing tackle is naturally subject to rough handling, both on the water and off it, and spincasters can stand up to more than a few hard knocks without incurring functional damage. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Reasons to Fish with a Push-Button Reel," 1 June 2020 The gearbox is apparently hardy enough to stand up to the engine's 531 lb-ft of torque, but not in first or second gears, which are only allowed to see part throttle. Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver, "2001 BMW X5 Le Mans Concept Had the V-12 Heart of a McLaren F1," 16 June 2020 If players were ready to play, Huma, or someone like him, still could stand up on behalf of the players. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Who owns the coronavirus risk in college football? ‘I’m concerned players are being taken advantage of'," 16 June 2020

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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 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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