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standby

noun stand·by \ ˈstan(d)-ˌbī \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of standby

plural standbys play \-ˌbīz\
1 a : one to be relied on especially in emergencies
b : a favorite or reliable choice or resource
2 : one that is held in reserve ready for use : substitute
on standby
: ready or available for immediate action or use

Examples of standby in a Sentence

  1. More police officers were sent as standbys.

  2. We bought an electric generator as a standby.

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First Known Use of standby

1796


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standby

adjective

Definition of standby

1 : held near at hand and ready for use
  • a standby power plant
  • standby equipment
2 : relating to the act or condition of standing by
  • standby duty
  • a standby period
3 : of, relating to, or traveling by an airline service in which the passenger must wait for an available unreserved seat
  • standby passengers
  • a standby ticket

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First Known Use of standby

1872

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standby

adverb

Definition of standby

: on a standby basis
  • fly standby

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First Known Use of standby

1971


stand by

verb

Definition of stand by

intransitive verb
1 : to be present; also : to remain apart or aloof
2 : to be or to get ready to act
  • an ambulance was standing by
transitive verb
: 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

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First Known Use of stand by

13th century


STANDBY Defined for English Language Learners

standby

noun

Definition of standby for English Language Learners

  • : a person or thing that is available especially in emergencies


standby

adjective

Definition of standby for English Language Learners

  • : relating to or traveling by an airline service in which the passenger must wait for an available seat



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