stand·​ing | \ ˈstan-diŋ \

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

The honest admission touched many viewers at home and in the audience, as Tori received a standing ovation. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Tori Spelling Shared an Emotional Childhood Story During Her 'Masked Singer' Reveal," 31 Jan. 2019 At Simons’s emotional final show for Jil Sander during the Fall 2012 season, the designer emerged from backstage for a tearful bow as the audience rose for a standing ovation. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Raf Simons Has a Peculiar Runway Show Habit—Have You Noticed It?," 16 Jan. 2019 After she was done singing, Susan received a standing ovation from all the judges and audience. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Susan Boyle's Golden Buzzer on 'AGT: The Champions' Sparks Heated Debate," 8 Jan. 2019 Her speech was met with a nine-minute standing ovation. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Election of Merkel Ally Defuses Threat to Her Authority, for Now," 7 Dec. 2018 Flames’ fans gave a standing ovation for the first icing call of the team’s 1972 home opener. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Mixed results: A half-century of trial and error with NHL expansion franchises," 5 Dec. 2018 At one point during the runway show, they were seen giving a standing ovation . Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Weeknd Cheers on Bella Hadid at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Two Years After Their Awkward Runway Reunion," 9 Nov. 2018 Receiving a standing ovation, actress and playwright Gordon shimmied to the stage in a vintage metallic Versace dress. Vogue, "Claire Foy, Idris Elba, Anna Wintour, Sophie Okonedo, Ralph Fiennes, and the Cast of Hamilton Fete the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards," 19 Nov. 2018 Senator Kamala Harris spoke of the importance of coming together and unity, which was amplified by the evening’s special guest, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was greeted with a standing ovation and countless iPhone photos. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards Were a Stylish Celebration of Female Empowerment," 13 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Riding the wave of a six-match unbeaten streak, New England has started to create separation from the teams below it in the standings. Dan Shulman,, "Streaking Revolution looking for lucky 7," 6 July 2018 Then there’s Griffin, who did little in his NFL debut to instill confidence in his standing with the Seahawks. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "After a statistically empty rookie season, what’s next for Seahawks’ Shaquem Griffin?," 6 Jan. 2019 If a country tried to relax its marijuana laws, it could be seen as acting in violation of the treaties, which could lead to a loss in international standing and credibility. German Lopez, Vox, "Uruguay was the first country to fully legalize marijuana," 14 Nov. 2018 Near the corner there are several large overcalled men employed in standing. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "‘The William H. Gass Reader’ Review: The Speech of the Land Was Part of Him," 1 Nov. 2018 Sarah and Andrew Today Sarah has since managed to get back on her feet and repair both her financial standing and relationship with the royal family. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "A Complete Timeline of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's Relationship," 8 Oct. 2018 Excommunicated Mormons and those not in good standing can't go inside temples where members are married and other ordinances such as baptisms for dead relatives are performed. Brady Mccombs, Fox News, "Mormon fighting to end youth interviews summoned to hearing," 30 Aug. 2018 But her illustrious social standing isn’t the only reason the photographers were clicking away: Heart also happens to be one of the most popular actresses in the Philippines. Harper's BAZAAR, "Crazy Rich Couture," 15 Aug. 2018 Many of them will listen to offers from contending teams in the months ahead of a deep playoff runs, and solidify their spot in the standing before the non-waiver Trade deadline on July 31. Scooby Axson,, "MLB Trade Rumors: Orioles Accelerating Trade Talks For Manny Machado," 5 July 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 \

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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