standing

adjective
stand·​ing | \ ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce standing (audio) \

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

standing

noun

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

immobile, nonmoving, static, stationary

Synonyms: Noun

class, dignity, fashion, quality, rank, state

Antonyms: Adjective

mobile, movable (or moveable), moving, nonstationary

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Examples of standing in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Noun

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

Fans gave Harper a standing ovation, hollering and clapping in a fashion rare for March baseball. Aaron Bracy, The Seattle Times, "Harper homers, hears “MVP!” chants as Phillies beat Braves," 31 Mar. 2019 There was a standing ovation for [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss]. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Even the Game of Thrones Actors Get Their Show Theories Wrong," 31 Mar. 2019 Advertising When Obama finally came out around 8:45 p.m. she was given a standing ovation. Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times, "From Ciara to Sue Bird: Seattle celebrities among 18,000 who welcomed Michelle Obama to Tacoma," 25 Mar. 2019 The audience in the auditorium (and Brandi Carlile, who can be seen fully jamming out in the video below) were impressed by Jennifer, and even awarded her with a standing ovation. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Jennifer Hudson Performed at the Aretha Franklin Tribute and Fans Have a Lot of Thoughts," 11 Mar. 2019 That other time at the Toronto Film Festival, when Cooper caressed Gaga’s shoulder before rising in a standing ovation in her honor. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s Most Tender Awards Season Moments," 25 Feb. 2019 As the video shows, Irina stood up and gave Bradley and Gaga a standing ovation with the rest of the audience before returning to take a seat. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See Irina Shayk's Reaction After Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Sang "Shallow" at the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 After receiving judge Mel B's golden buzzer earlier in this AGT: The Champions season, Susan immediately advanced to last night's finals, where the audience gave her a standing ovation and the judges showered her with praise. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Simon Cowell Admits to His "Disgusting" Past After Susan Boyle's 'AGT' Performance," 12 Feb. 2019 The honest admission touched many viewers at home and in the audience, as Tori received a standing ovation. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Tori Spelling Shared an Emotional Childhood Story During Her 'Masked Singer' Reveal," 31 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Plus, in America, baby showers are quite common regardless of economic standing. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Outfit Their New Child? A Look Back at Royally Beloved Baby Accessories," 28 Jan. 2019 Their intent was to get rid of the penalty but leave the rest of the law standing, and that the Courts ought to respect that. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Federal court rules Obamacare unconstitutional — but the law stands for now," 15 Dec. 2018 The topic of standing, or not standing, has been getting a lot of national attention, most commonly because of protests at NFL [National Football League] games. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Atlanta school drops schoolwide Pledge of Allegiance, asks students to instead recite ‘Wolf Pack Chant’," 2 Oct. 2018 Bemba’s conviction on witness interference charges has ruled him out of standing as a candidate in Congo’s Dec. 23 election. Mike Corder, The Seattle Times, "ICC sentences ex-Congo VP to 1 year for witness tampering," 17 Sep. 2018 Counsell, usually not much for milestones, offered a quick synapsis of his team's standing. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers' depth once again pays dividends thanks to Keon Broxton," 29 June 2018 Everyone will be stressed out and there will be a lot of standing around. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Why Jeff Greer sees Croatia facing Brazil in the World Cup 2018 final," 29 June 2018 His lack of financial standing and place of birth would undoubtedly stir up controversy, so the suitor first secretly proposed in Scotland in 1946. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Louis's Christening Date Has a Special Meaning to the Royal Family," 20 June 2018 So in the competition for the mythical claim of standing as the world’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, Crawford (32-0, 23 knockouts) has some work to do to either remain atop the poll or at least to remain on Lomachenko’s heels. Lance Pugmire, latimes.com, "Terrance Crawford faces Jeff Horn for welterweight belt, while eyeing mythical best pound-for-pound honor," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of standing

Adjective

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

Noun

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

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The first known use of standing was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for standing

standing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of standing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: used in or for standing
: done while in a standing position
: not flowing

standing

noun

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

: the position or rank of someone in a group
US, sports : a list that shows the positions of the players or teams that are competing against each other
: length of existence

standing

adjective
stand·​ing | \ ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce standing (audio) \

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

standing

noun

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.

standing

adjective
stand·​ing

Legal Definition of standing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

standing

noun

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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