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



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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Holtz told his players at the team hotel in Miami before the Orange Bowl that Alvarez would be leaving, and players gave Alvarez a standing ovation. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Barry Alvarez's arrival at Wisconsin was marked by swagger and an unforgettable quote," 6 Apr. 2021 The Blues honored Alex Pietrangelo, the former Blues captain and a big part of the Stanley Cup champion team, with a video tribute and a standing ovation by the limited number of fans in attendance. Warren Mayes, Star Tribune, "Martinez, Carrier lift Golden Knights to 6-1 win over Blues," 5 Apr. 2021 When Detroit Tigers left-hander Tarik Skubal walked off the mound Sunday, one out into the sixth inning, the fans at Comerica Park gave him a standing ovation. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Tigers' Tarik Skubal pulled himself together in 2021 debut vs. Cleveland," 4 Apr. 2021 With Burnes’ pitch count at 87, manager Craig Counsell removed him to a standing ovation from the crowd of 11,383. Tom Haudricourt, USA TODAY, "Minnesota Twins take no-hitter into eighth, clip Milwaukee Brewers in electric pitching duel," 4 Apr. 2021 The standing ovation comes as Trump frequently sends messages from his 45 Office and Save America PAC. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Crowd breaks into standing ovation when they spot Trump, Melania, and Baron in Mar-a-Lago," 4 Apr. 2021 The 10,436 fans inside Oakland Coliseum loved it, erupting with a standing ovation. Matt Young, Chron, "A's get standing ovation for hitting two Astros batters, still lose," 2 Apr. 2021 Then the umpiring crew walked onto the field to a standing ovation. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, "6 of the strangest Opening Days in Reds history," 30 Mar. 2021 Claudia’s rendition earned a standing ovation from her mother Kellyanne, who, yes, was in the audience supporting her daughter (or just saving face on live TV after allegedly leaking a topless photo of her daughter in January). Justin Curto, Vulture, "Claudia Conway Brought Her Mom and a New Look to Her American Idol Performance," 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lee left the department in 2019 after resigning in good standing. Tandra Smith |, al, "South Alabama police officer arrested on ethics violations, tampering charges," 7 Apr. 2021 Woodson was also able to affirm commitments from 2021 signee Logan Duncomb and 2022 verbal pledge C.J. Gunn, keeping the Hoosiers' future in good standing. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "Trayce Jackson-Davis: "I was almost dead set on entering the draft and hiring an agent.”," 3 Apr. 2021 Also on April 7 a seminar will be held at 2 p.m. on student loans, including information on how to keep your student loans in good standing and understand repayment options. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "April brings virtual tips on student loans, housing, more," 1 Apr. 2021 The approval means the Greater Grace World Outreach Church in Frankford is back in good standing with the city, after it was supposed to have closed March 14 for not following masking and distancing rules. Christine Condon,, "Baltimore church resolves dispute with city health department after defying closure order for weeks," 31 Mar. 2021 Her clinical social worker license remains in good standing in Utah. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, "A girl, her hands zip tied, was forced to sit in a horse trough at a Utah ‘troubled-teen’ center," 26 Mar. 2021 But even though Yasui was an Army Reserve officer in good standing (via the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in college) and the military was desperate for officers, he was turned away. oregonlive, "Minoru Yasui Day honors Oregon native who endured unjust imprisonment and fought on, declaring: ‘This shall never happen again’," 26 Mar. 2021 Pliant European states have had to bolster their own commitment to religious liberty so as to remain in good standing with the global hegemon. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Religious Persecution Abroad Reminds Us Why Religious Liberty Matters," 20 Mar. 2021 As long as their account remains in good standing, NVIDIA will keep the introductory pricing intact through what it’s calling the Founders for Life benefit. Marco Chiappetta, Forbes, "NVIDIA Enhances Quality, Introduces New Membership Tiers To Its GFN Game Streaming Service," 18 Mar. 2021

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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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8 Apr 2021

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“Standing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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
US, 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 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



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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