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

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


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

Jon Stewart concludes his statement, urging Congress for more funding for the Sept. 11th Victim Compensation Fund, to a standing ovation. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: WWE Still a Big Part of John Cena’s Future Plans," 12 June 2019 More: 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek gets a standing ovation along with his Daytime Emmy Award The Academy declined to name the members disqualified from voting for the 71st Emmy Awards ceremony, which airs Sept. 22 on Fox. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Television Academy disqualifies performers in vote-rigging plan from casting Emmy ballots," 12 June 2019 After a nearly five-minute-long tirade against congresssional inaction on the issue, the audience in the hearing room gave the comedian a standing ovation. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Jon Stewart lashes out at hearing on 9/11 responders bill: "You should be ashamed of yourselves"," 11 June 2019 At the end of her speech, hundreds in the outdoor audience gave her a standing ovation. Jerry Shnay, Daily Southtown, "Shnay: Bad spring ends on high note," 10 June 2019 Right-handers Marquez and Yu Darvish each breezed through the first two innings with relative ease as the main offensive highlight was the Cubs’ Carlos Gonzalez getting a standing ovation in his return to LoDo. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies erase four-run deficit to beat Cubs, with Ryan McMahon’s RBI single the difference," 10 June 2019 The award recipients are handed an engraved sculpture, and are then photographed and given standing ovations. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: Please stop saying you’re ‘humbled’ if you don’t know what it means," 10 June 2019 Brennaman waved from his radio booth as fans gave him a standing ovation. Bobby Nightengale,, "Jay Bruce visits with his former Cincinnati Reds teammates: 'I wish those guys the best'," 9 June 2019 Trump joined in giving a standing ovation to a group of vets who appeared on stage as the commemoration began. Fox News, "Trump to mark 75th anniversary of D-Day at Normandy," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The team sits ahead of Charlotte in the Eastern Conference standings, at 3-7-3 (wins, losses, draws). Cheryl Wray,, "Birmingham Legion FC hits road against Charlotte Independence squad in turmoil," 13 June 2019 Many previous Trump rallies have included standing-room-only areas. Steven Lemongello,, "President Trump tweets there are ’74,000 requests’ for Orlando kickoff rally tickets at Amway," 12 June 2019 Ian Holzhauer told the standing room only crowd after Monday’s show aired. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "After 32 consecutive wins, Naperville native James Holzhauer loses on 'Jeopardy!'," 4 June 2019 To withstand the lack of starters against a Union team that’s second in the Eastern Conference standings, Schmetzer opted to use a defensive lineup. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "‘Draws like this feel like a win’: Short-handed Sounders survive third game in eight days with scoreless draw vs. Union," 18 May 2019 Speaking to a standing-room crowd at the CERAWeek energy conference here, Mr. Pompeo said countries including Russia and Iran had long used their oil and gas assets to trap weaker nations into subservient relationships. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "Trump’s Secretary of State Wants Energy Companies to Help Spread U.S. Values," 13 Mar. 2019 The loss drops Louisville City into third place in the USL Eastern Conference standings, with Pittsburgh jumping them for second. David Harten, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City FC loses to Pittsburgh, breaks unbeaten streak," 27 June 2018 Coach Bob Bradley remains without four starters who went to Russia with their national teams, but he is expected to start the rest of his first-team players against the Republic (8-4-4), which is third in the USL’s Western Conference standings. Kevin Baxter,, "LAFC after spot in Open Cup quarterfinals," 19 June 2018 Portland earned its fifth-straight win over a tough LAFC team last week, vaulting itself into third place in the Western Conference standings and turning heads throughout the league. Jamie Goldberg,, "Portland Timbers have found success through key tactical changes and an improved mentality," 24 May 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
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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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