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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 And though sturdy lettuces like iceberg, romaine, and kale can stand up to heavy, creamy dressings, delicate microgreens, mesclun, and herbs call for thinner vinaigrettes. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "23 Easy Green Salads," 21 May 2020 Like all health care providers, LGBTQ people are standing up to personal and professional challenges in this pandemic. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "'Providing care today; face dismissal tomorrow': LGBTQ workers on the front lines as Supreme Court weighs job protections," 18 May 2020 Her predecessor Jean-Claude Juncker had stood up to the leaders and at times even showed them up with his deep familiarity with the bloc’s workings. Ian Wishart,, "EU Officials Ask If They Have the Wrong Person Running the Show," 13 May 2020 The gray-brown birds have distinctive red crowns, long necks and can stand up to 4 feet tall. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "12 Wisconsin birds to look for in your backyard and beyond," 8 May 2020 The victim stood up, and the 14-year-old -- along with at least three other girls -- punched, scratched, bit and pulled the hair of the victim. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Resident at OhioGuidestone in Berea beaten by other residents, hospitalized," 7 May 2020 To be fair, Cheney has occasionally stood up to Trump. Jason Williams,, "PX column: Bravo to GOP leaders for denouncing 'Hitler's Germany' comments. But why the Republican silence at other times?," 24 Apr. 2020 God willing, maybe some Republicans might even stand up for our country, our Constitution, and our democracy, as well. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'That will not happen': Pelosi warns against attempts to delay November election," 24 Apr. 2020 The Covid-19 seropositive may soon stand up to this virus, safely. Joseph Osmundson, The New Republic, "My Life in Sero-Surveillance," 24 Apr. 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 5 Jun. 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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