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 Democrats gave Pelosi a standing ovation as the final tally was annnounced, while the Republican side of the chamber was nearly empty. Alan Fram,, "Pelosi narrowly reelected speaker, faces difficult 2021," 3 Jan. 2021 Like a diva performer who went on late but still earned a standing ovation, the Save Our Stages relief effort led by Minneapolis music venue First Avenue was finally greenlit over the weekend as part of the COVID-19 federal stimulus bill. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "Congress agrees to $15 billion for Minnesota-led Save Our Stages effort," 21 Dec. 2020 Howie Mandel was moved, and gave the performance a standing ovation. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "10 Best 'AGT' Performances of 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 Louisiana pharmacist Dan Schneider deserves a standing ovation. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "More than just 'Tiger King': The 10 best true-crime docs of 2020 that share the crown," 12 Dec. 2020 For Nicklas Lidstrom, he was announced as the new captain on opening night in 2006, drawing a standing ovation. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "With NHL season on horizon, Detroit Red Wings face mountain of questions," 9 Dec. 2020 Guaido was once seen as a promising figure for democracy in Venezuela, even receiving a standing ovation at Trump's State of the Union address earlier this year -- but global plaudits haven't helped him wrest actual control of the state from Maduro. Stephen Collinson And Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, "Everyone in Washington has Georgia on their mind," 7 Dec. 2020 With no fans in attendance, Marshall did not get the standing ovation UConn fans would likely haven given him, but his team gave him reason to be proud. Dom Amore,, "UConn men shake off rust, breeze past Central Connecticut 102-75 in opener," 25 Nov. 2020 McSally’s staff, along with at least 16 of her Republican and Democratic Senate colleagues, gathered in the small chamber to hear her remarks, which received a standing ovation. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, "'I gave it my all': Sen. Martha McSally says goodbye to the Senate in final floor speech," 19 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some cases were dismissed for lack of standing and others based on the merits of the voter fraud allegations. USA Today, "By the numbers: President Donald Trump's failed efforts to overturn the election," 6 Jan. 2021 Most were women, standing and shivering in twos and threes, some passing around heat packs to keep warm. Los Angeles Times, "Her #MeToo trial’s making history in China and sparking rare solidarity," 3 Dec. 2020 Pinterest shareholders sued the company in San Francisco federal court Monday, arguing a culture of harassment and discrimination has damaged the company’s financial standing and reputation. Chase Difeliciantonio,, "Shareholders sue Pinterest over alleged discrimination," 1 Dec. 2020 To be clear, this is not just about increasing compensation and benefits; this is also about replacing the stigma currently attached to manufacturing labor with the social standing and appreciation these essential workers deserve. Omar Asali For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "US manufacturers have jobs to fill. Finding workers here at home is the problem," 24 Nov. 2020 That compromises the standing and effectiveness of these agencies. Arie Perliger, The Conversation, "Trump’s purge of defense agencies comes at a vulnerable time for US national security," 18 Nov. 2020 All applicants to the scholarship program must have an undergraduate degree and will be assessed based on their academic standing and musical abilities. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Sony/ATV and Bleeding Fingers Music Announce USC Scholarship for Black Composers," 17 Nov. 2020 But the United States’ inability to bring its own coronavirus outbreak under control and its falling-out this year with the WHO may hurt American standing and influence in the months ahead. Washington Post, "Biden eager to jump back into coronavirus fight, but world is still smarting," 9 Nov. 2020 Midheaven, the top point in the chart that denotes public standing and affairs, as well as representing one’s career, is ruled by Mercury. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Mercury Retrograde Is Over — & Astrologers Say You’ll Feel It On US Election Day," 4 Nov. 2020

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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 2021

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“Standing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 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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