stand·ing | \ ˈstan-diŋ \

Definition of standing 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : not yet cut or harvested standing timber standing grain

b : upright on the feet or base : erect the standing audience

2 : not flowing : stagnant standing water

3a : remaining at the same level, degree, or amount for an indeterminate period a standing offer

b : continuing in existence or use indefinitely a standing joke

4 : established by law or custom

5 : not movable

6 : done from a standing position a standing jump a standing ovation



Definition of standing (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a place to stand in : location

b : a position from which one may assert or enforce legal rights and duties

2a : length of service or experience especially as determining rank, pay, or privilege

b : position or condition in society or in a profession especially : good reputation a member in good standing

c : position relative to a standard of achievement or to achievements of competitors also standings plural : a listing of the standings of individuals or teams (as in a league)

3 : maintenance of position or condition : duration a custom of long standing

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Synonyms & Antonyms for standing

Synonyms: Adjective

erect, perpendicular, plumb, raised, stand-up, upright, upstanding, vertical

Synonyms: Noun

class, dignity, fashion, quality, rank, state

Antonyms: Adjective

flat, recumbent

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Examples of standing in a Sentence


Start the exercise in a standing position. The standing offer for the computer system is $1,499.


a lawyer of high standing They've won five games in a row and are starting to move up in the standings. They're in first place in the current standings. a marriage of many years' standing
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Ronaldo also scored twice against Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals last season, including a spectacular overhead goal — which earned him a standing ovation from Juventus fans. Daniella Matar,, "Juventus sees Cristiano Ronaldo as key to Champions League dream," 11 July 2018 Many on the right are clapping, if not delivering standing ovations. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Some conservatives lukewarm, but Trump delivered for his base with Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 If a standing ovation at a packed preview on Monday night was any measure, audiences seem to relish the result. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "How Do You Say ‘Tradition’ in Yiddish?," 11 July 2018 Amazed by her talent, Heidi promptly stood up to give the 15-year-old a standing ovation. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Fans Are Upset After Heidi Klum Gave MaKayla Phillips the Golden Buzzer," 11 July 2018 One of the judges, Heidi Klum, gave Phillips a standing ovation, gushing over the young contestant's talent. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "'AGT': Singer Makayla Phillips, 15, feels the love from Heidi Klum, gets the Golden Buzzer," 10 July 2018 The congregation at Acts Full Gospel Church in Oakland gave Winkfield a standing ovation on Friday for fighting to keep her daughter on life support and taking on the medical establishment in the brain death debate between science and religion. NBC News, "'They are not God': Mother of girl declared dead twice criticizes doctors," 9 July 2018 Many fans gave him a standing ovation when he was taken off in the second half. Washington Post, "Croatia ends Russia’s run, advances to World Cup semifinals," 7 July 2018 After a run scored on a ground out, Anthony Rizzo received a standing ovation from the Wrigley Field crowd on his way back to the dugout. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds bullpen blows 5-run lead in loss to Chicago Cubs," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The loss increases the gap with sixth-place Montreal Impact to four points in the Eastern Conference standings. Juan Pimiento,, "10-man Chicago Fire drop their 3rd straight against FC Dallas," 14 July 2018 In his post-practice news conference Friday, Dixon revealed that he was relieved that his tough day in Iowa didn't cost him much in the championship standings. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Scott Dixon climbs back atop IndyCar mountain as Hondas dominate Day 1 in Toronto," 13 July 2018 Michigan football finished behind Michigan State in the Big Ten standings last year. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football has better odds than Michigan State to win Big Ten," 9 July 2018 But the last week or two, the laughingstock Rapids managed to string some decent matches together and have actually moved ahead of the Sounders in the Western Conference standings. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "No laughing matter: struggling Sounders face a former MLS cellar dwellar that’s showing signs of life," 3 July 2018 Joey Logano has the only win of the Cup Series season for Team Penske, even though all three drivers are ranked in the Top 10 in the points standings. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "NASCAR catches a spark: What Martin Truex Jr. brings that other contenders don't," 27 June 2018 Two consecutive losses have moved the Mercury down to third place in the Western Conference standings. ... Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Mercury look to snap losing streak at New York Liberty," 25 June 2018 The Cougars had been eliminated from contention in the Midwest League Western Division’s first-half standings well before the three-game series with Wisconsin at Northwestern Medicine Field. Paul Johnson, Elgin Courier-News, "That winning feeling: Cougars wrap up first half above .500, aim higher in second half," 24 June 2018 Saturday, Iditarod icon Lance Mackey won the Legends featured race to retain his lead in the season standings. Anchorage Daily News, "Veteran NASCAR driver will make his 1st racing appearance in Alaska," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of standing


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of standing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: used in or for standing

: done while in a standing position

: not flowing



English Language Learners Definition of standing (Entry 2 of 2)

: the position or rank of someone in a group

standings sports : a list that shows the positions of the players or teams that are competing against each other

: length of existence


stand·ing | \ ˈstan-diŋ \

Kids Definition of standing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : erect entry 1 a standing position

2 : done while standing a standing ovation

3 : not flowing : stagnant a standing pool

4 : remaining at the same level or amount until canceled a standing offer

5 : permanent a standing invitation



Kids Definition of standing (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : length of existence or service It's a custom of long standing.

2 : position entry 1 sense 5, status My friend had the highest standing in the class.



Legal Definition of standing 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: continuing in existence, use, or effect indefinitely a standing order



Legal Definition of standing (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the status of being qualified to assert or enforce legal rights or duties in a judicial forum because one has a sufficient and protectable interest in the outcome of a justiciable controversy and usually has suffered or is threatened with actual injury only one who already has standing can argue the public interest in support of his claimHawaii's Thousand Friends v. Anderson, 768 P.2d 1293 (1989)

2 : a principle requiring that a party have standing in order to justify the exercise of the court's remedial powers

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