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standby

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noun stand·by \ˈstan(d)-ˌbī\

Definition of standby

plural

standbys

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  1. 1a :  one to be relied on especially in emergenciesb :  a favorite or reliable choice or resource

  2. 2 :  one that is held in reserve ready for use :  substitute

on standby

  1. :  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 stand·by

Definition of standby

  1. 1 :  held near at hand and ready for use a standby power plant standby equipment

  2. 2 :  relating to the act or condition of standing by standby duty a standby period

  3. 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 stand·by

Definition of standby

  1. :  on a standby basis fly standby

First Known Use of standby

1971


STANDBY Defined for English Language Learners

standby

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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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