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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Try to remove any standing water around your home or leaks within your home, which can serve as a breeding ground for mold. Korin Miller, SELF, 22 Jan. 2022 A few inches of standing water can usually be removed with a wet vac. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 Officials also recommend draining or treating any standing water that could become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Tom Steele, Dallas News, 9 Aug. 2021 The standing water is significantly deteriorating the concrete, the report states. Eileen Kelley,, 29 June 2021 To reduce mosquitoes around your home, get rid of any standing water on your property. Arkansas Online, 22 June 2021 Downtown Bloomington saw 2 to 3 feet of standing water on Walnut Street overnight. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 19 June 2021 Most of the standing water was gone when play resumed 2 hours, 23 minutes later. Schuyler Dixon,, 17 May 2021 For years, park-watchers have worried that so much standing water would erode the steel-and-concrete tunnel that runs below the park, speeding Amtrak trains between Penn Station and points north. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 12 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Young is described as a Black male standing 5-foot-4, 130 pounds, with a thin build, black hair and brown eyes. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 May 2022 The schedule is released in May each year and goes through early January depending on a team's standing. Analisa Novak, CBS News, 12 May 2022 And that’s not to even hint at questioning the contributions or standing of Ms. Tubman. Neal Rubin, Detroit Free Press, 12 May 2022 Professor Grove said the disclosures will diminish the court’s standing and its ability to function. New York Times, 11 May 2022 The revelation has damaged the court’s standing and its authority, risking its being seen as merely another Washington institution of crumbling reputation. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 9 May 2022 This shock-absorbing material also gives the comfortable flip-flops their deep heel cups, which promotes stability and prevents fatigue at the end of a long day of walking and standing. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 7 May 2022 This photo shows Princes Charles in a black-and-white standing beside his son, who is holding Archie. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 6 May 2022 The crowd spilled out of the 500-seat theater, so the service was streamed for the standing-room crowd in the entrance. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 5 May 2022 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Standing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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