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 charts below — which will be updated every Monday between now and the 70th Emmy Awards on Sept. 17 — reflect how THR's awards columnist Scott Feinberg believes the standings would look if voting ended today. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Feinberg Forecast: First Post-Nominations Read of the 70th Emmys Race," 12 July 2018 This wasn’t a team grateful to be on top of the standings after six non-winning seasons. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Storm not happy after OT loss to Sparks, and that’s a good thing," 10 July 2018 This time around his latest tweet was 12 hours prior to the release, praising Republican leadership and America's global standing. Ben Popken /, NBC News, "U.S. added 213,000 jobs in June," 6 July 2018 The parents of both young women judged a train conductor’s son of unsatisfactory social standing for their daughters. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018 Busch, atop the points standings and winner of five races thus far, said Stenhouse didn't reach out, which disappointed him. Jason Hoffman,, "Kyle Busch on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s Daytona style: 'Apparently, he just doesn't care'," 13 July 2018 In the 1980s, being the biggest act in hip-hop meant standing at the forefront of a coming cultural revolution. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "Drake's 2018 Has Been Huge. But Is He the Biggest Rapper Ever?," 13 July 2018 She's been the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA) Player of the Year the last two years and currently leads this year's standings by 1,000 points. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Xavier Prep's Ashley Menne is the next big thing to hit Arizona high school athletics," 12 July 2018 The design for Signature Crafted Homes' modern farmhouse in Catalpa Farms started from scratch on a napkin, which eventually led to the 3,791-square-foot home standing in the Fisherville subdivision today. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "This modern Louisville-area farmhouse was designed with family in mind," 12 July 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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The first known use of standing was in the 14th century

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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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