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 His supporters in parliament erupted into a standing ovation when the result of the vote was announced in the Chamber of Deputies. Washington Post, "Spain’s Sanchez wins cliffhanger vote to form government," 7 Jan. 2020 Take another shot if Natalie Portman shows up onscreen at all during that category and then give her a standing ovation for giving us one of the best Golden Globe moments of all time. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Raise a glass with the ultimate Golden Globes 2020 drinking game — if you dare," 4 Jan. 2020 If this is indeed the last time Harris takes the field in a Denver uniform, here’s hoping the home crowd sends him off with a standing ovation. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kickin’ It with Kiz: Why Broncos quarterback Drew Lock is luckiest thing to happen to John Elway since Terrell Davis," 28 Dec. 2019 The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker Lucy Parker earns a standing ovation for the latest in her West End set London celebrities series. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "The 10 best romance novels of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 He was removed from the game in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium to a standing ovation. Fox News, "Eli Manning, Daniel Jones, enjoy drinking games at Hoboken bar following Giants win," 23 Dec. 2019 During pregame introductions, he was cheered by fans and was later feted in a tribute video during the first timeout of the game, receiving a standing ovation. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Malcolm Brogdon was good for the Bucks, but he and his former team are both thriving post-split," 22 Dec. 2019 When the 43-year-old came to the stage here at a university student center in the Detroit suburbs, about half of the crowd gave her a standing ovation – and the other half unleashed a chorus of boos and catcalls. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "Michigan Democrat in Trump district comes out for impeachment; says it may cost her reelection," 16 Dec. 2019 Horford received a standing ovation when he was shown on the video board after the opening quarter of Thursday night’s game., "Horford gave his all in his three seasons in Boston, but he made it clear why he left: A chance to win now. A chance to play with two of the league’s top 15 players and a chance to play power forward a majority of the time.," 14 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tsai, who is fending off a challenge from pro-Beijing candidate Han Kuo-yu, has taken a strongly supportive stance on the Hong Kong protests, a strategy that has boosted her standing as voters see her as a leader who is willing to stand up to China. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "Hong Kongers hungry for democracy are traveling to Taiwan’s elections for a taste of it," 10 Jan. 2020 Warren plunged 12 points from her standing in Monmouth’s September survey in New Hampshire. Fox News, "Buttigieg, Biden, Sanders battle for lead in latest New Hampshire poll," 9 Jan. 2020 Biden dropped 6 points since the September Monmouth poll, while Sanders upped his standing by 6 points. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Pete Buttigieg surges and Elizabeth Warren crashes in New Hampshire poll," 9 Jan. 2020 With it, the next round quarterback derby opens in a season Alabama wants to prove its standing hasn’t fallen after missing the playoff. Michael Casagrande |, al, "What’s next for a post-Tua Alabama offense? Breaking down the next chapter.," 6 Jan. 2020 The New Year opens with Bernie Sanders in his best standing yet against the field in Iowa and New Hampshire. CBS News, "Sanders starts 2020 in strong position in Iowa and New Hampshire — CBS News Battleground Tracker," 5 Jan. 2020 This undercut his standing with a large portion of the fan base and made him an easy target for fans’ frustrations. David Moore, Dallas News, "Fatal flaws of Jason Garrett: Five reasons the Cowboys parted ways with their head coach," 5 Jan. 2020 Camacho’s weekly show is funded by the Florida Democratic Party — part of a statewide effort to bolster its standing with Florida’s Latinos ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Adriana Gomez Licon, USA TODAY, "In pursuit of Florida Latinos, Democrats fight socialist tag," 31 Dec. 2019 As far as his standing among other NFL guards, heading into Week 16, Pro Football Focus had given him higher grades than all but one other NFL lineman with third-best run-blocking grade. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts: Quenton Nelson, Darius Leonard elected to Pro Bowl," 18 Dec. 2019

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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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Standing.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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