stand

verb
\ ˈstand How to pronounce stand (audio) \
stood\ ˈstu̇d How to pronounce stood (audio) \; standing

Definition of stand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to support oneself on the feet in an erect position
b : to be a specified height when fully erect stands six feet two
c : to rise to an erect position
2a : to take up or maintain a specified position or posture stand aside can you stand on your head
b : to maintain one's position stand firm
3 : to be in a particular state or situation stands accused
4 : to hold a course at sea
5 obsolete : hesitate
6a : to have or maintain a relative position in or as if in a graded scale stands first in the class
b : to be in a position to gain or lose because of an action taken or a commitment made stands to make quite a profit
7 chiefly British : to be a candidate : run
8a : to rest or remain upright on a base or lower end a clock stood on the mantle
b : to occupy a place or location the house stands on a knoll
9a : to remain stationary or inactive the car stood in the garage for a week
b : to gather slowly and remain tears standing in her eyes
10 : agree, accord used chiefly in the expression it stands to reason
11a : to exist in a definite written or printed form copy a passage exactly as it stands
b : to remain valid or efficacious the order given last week still stands
12 of a male animal : to be available as a sire used especially of horses
13 : to refuse additional cards (as in blackjack)

transitive verb

1a : to endure or undergo successfully this book will stand the test of time
b : to tolerate without flinching : bear courageously stands pain well
c : to endure the presence or personality of can't stand the boss
d : to derive benefit or enjoyment from you look like you could stand a drink
2 : to remain firm in the face of stand a siege
3 : to submit to stand trial
4a : to perform the duty of stand guard
b : to participate in (a military formation)
5 : to pay the cost of (a treat) : pay for I'll stand you a dinner stand drinks
6 : to cause to stand : set upright
7 : to make available for breeding stand a stallion
stand a chance
: to have a chance
stand for
1 : to be a symbol for : represent
2 : to put up with : permit
stand on
1 : to depend on
2 : to insist on never stands on ceremony
stand one's ground
: to maintain one's position
stand on one's own feet
: to think or act independently
stand tall
: to exhibit courage, strength, or calm especially in the face of adversity
stand treat
: to pay the cost of food, drink, or entertainment for others in a group

stand

noun

Definition of stand (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a halt for defense or resistance
b : an often defensive effort of some duration or degree of success a goal-line stand
c(1) : a stop made to give a performance a 6-game stand at home
(2) : a town where such a stop is made
2 : an act of stopping or staying in one place
3a : a place or post where one stands
b : a strongly or aggressively held position especially on a debatable issue took a stand against higher taxes
4a : the place taken by a witness for testifying in court
b stands plural
(1) : a section of the tiered seats for spectators of a sport or spectacle
(2) : the occupants of such seats
c : a raised platform (as for a speaker or hunter) serving as a point of vantage
5a : a small often open-air structure for a small retail business a vegetable stand a hot dog stand
b : a site fit for business opportunity
6 : a place where a passenger vehicle stops or parks a taxi stand
8 : a frame on or in which something may be placed for support
9 : a group of plants growing in a continuous area
10 : a standing posture

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Other Words from stand

Verb

stander noun

Synonyms for stand

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Verb

bear, suffer, endure, abide, tolerate, stand mean to put up with something trying or painful. bear usually implies the power to sustain without flinching or breaking. forced to bear a tragic loss suffer often suggests acceptance or passivity rather than courage or patience in bearing. suffering many insults endure implies continuing firm or resolute through trials and difficulties. endured years of rejection abide suggests acceptance without resistance or protest. cannot abide their rudeness tolerate suggests overcoming or successfully controlling an impulse to resist, avoid, or resent something injurious or distasteful. refused to tolerate such treatment stand emphasizes even more strongly the ability to bear without discomposure or flinching. unable to stand teasing

Examples of stand in a Sentence

Verb She was standing near the window. He was standing next to me. All of the seats on the bus were taken so we had to stand. He can stand using a cane. He was standing in a puddle of water. The deer stood still, listening for danger. We had to stand in line for over an hour. Two bowling pins were left standing. A shovel and rake stood in the corner. She stood the ladder against the house. Noun The team insured their victory with an impressive goal-line stand. The army is preparing to make a stand against the enemy. students making a stand against the war We have display stands in many bookstores.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Television stations broadcast images of the 18 police officers standing on the roof of the special operations tactical unit in Cochabamba, waving flags and singing the national anthem as a large crowd of people in the street cheered. Washington Post, "Dissent spreads in Bolivia’s police amid political unrest," 9 Nov. 2019 Despite the distance, Danny is still haunted by ghostly images from the Overlook Hotel (the Stanley stand-in). John Wenzel, The Know, "Review: “Doctor Sleep” melds King, Kubrick’s dark visions into an alluring nightmare," 8 Nov. 2019 In 2009, the Annenberg Community Beach House, which stands on the footprint of the original mansion, opened to the public. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, "AFM Flashback: Hearst Built Mistress Davies a Seaside Palace in 1922," 7 Nov. 2019 That's why the excavation pit Dunnavant cleaned up for the middle and high schoolers is outside the house, right up against its highest standing wall. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Caribbean excavation offers intimate look at the lives of enslaved Africans," 7 Nov. 2019 To make matters worse, Google Maps fails somewhere between the farm stands advertising freshly picked Swiss chard and late-season strawberries. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette Offers a Tasting Menu for the Climate-Conscious Era," 7 Nov. 2019 Devin told his family that the group was driving down the road when gunmen — some of them standing on a nearby hillside — suddenly opened fire. New York Times, "Ambushed in Mexico, Mormon Children Tried to Save One Another," 6 Nov. 2019 Baker clamored several times in the video while standing on the sidelines, sitting on the bench, and even between plays on the field looking for his mother. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Here’s the story behind Jerome Baker finally finding his mother in the stands during Dolphins’ first win of season," 6 Nov. 2019 The State Department’s letter to the United Nations means that the United States will stand virtually alone outside the global climate deal on Nov. 4, 2020, one day after the presidential election. Jean Chemnick, Scientific American, "Trump Administration Officially Begins Paris Climate Accord Exit," 5 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This was the third straight appearance for Clover at the state meet and her first time to step on the medal stand. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Cross Country: Kingwood girls finish second, Atascocita’s Avery Clover finishes third at state meet," 9 Nov. 2019 She is expected to be back on the stand later Thursday morning. CBS News, "Kelsey Berreth's last words were "please stop," Patrick Frazee's girlfriend testifies," 7 Nov. 2019 From the stands, his father started shouting at the referee, who skated over and told him to knock it off. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "My Year of Concussions," 4 Nov. 2019 And by the end, the boos for a lackluster first half and sarcastic cheers for getting first downs got replaced by silence from the stands that loudly echoed fans’ growing frustration with a team spinning its tires in the turf. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football's misery on repeat in blowout loss to Penn State," 27 Oct. 2019 Tarantino said nothing doing — thus taking a stand for artistic freedom, and freedom. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 24 Oct. 2019 The group filed back into the courtroom after a few minutes, and Brockler took his place back on the stand. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cleveland defense lawyer sucker-punched by client testifies that he is mulling lawsuit against sheriff’s department," 21 Oct. 2019 Prince William's favorite team, Aston Villa, were playing against Norwich City, and Prince George was especially animated throughout the match, and could be seen cheering from the stands. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George Is "Obsessed" with Tractors According to His Dad," 20 Oct. 2019 Join us and take a stand against bullying and #ChooseKindness. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Mariah Carey, Bebe Rexha & More Celebrities Go Purple to Celebrate GLAAD Spirit Day," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of stand

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stand

Verb

Middle English, from Old English standan; akin to Old High German stantan, stān to stand, Latin stare, Greek histanai to cause to stand, set, histasthai to stand, be standing

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stand

verb
How to pronounce stand (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to be in an upright position with all of your weight on your feet
: to move onto your feet from a sitting or low position
: to be in an upright position

stand

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stand (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strongly held opinion about something
: a strong effort to defend yourself or oppose something
: a partially enclosed structure where things are sold or displayed

stand

verb
\ ˈstand How to pronounce stand (audio) \
stood\ ˈstu̇d \; standing

Kids Definition of stand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to be in or take an upright position on the feet Stand for the pledge.
2 : to take up or stay in a specified position or condition Stand aside. The judges stood firm.
3 : to rest, remain, or set in a usually vertical position A clock stands on the shelf.
4 : to be in a specified place Their house stands on the hill.
5 : to put up with : endure He can't stand pain.
6 : to have an opinion How do you stand on the issue?
7 : to stay in effect The order still stands.
8 : undergo stand trial
9 : to perform the duty of stand guard
stand by
1 : to be or remain loyal or true to I stand by my promise. He stood by a friend.
2 : to be present We stood by and watched the fight.
3 : to be or get ready to act I'll stand by to help.
stand for
1 : to be a symbol for : represent What does your middle initial stand for?
2 : to put up with : permit His teacher won't stand for any nonsense.
stand out
: to be easily seen or recognized Two members of the bodyguard did stand out from the others.— Judith Berry Griffin, Phoebe the Spy
stand up
1 : to stay in good condition This type of watch stands up well under hard use.
2 : to fail to keep an appointment with You stood me up yesterday.
stand up for stand up to
: to face boldly

stand

noun

Kids Definition of stand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a structure containing rows of seats for spectators of a sport or spectacle
2 : a stall or booth often outdoors for a small business a fruit stand
3 : position entry 1 sense 2 They took a strong stand on the question.
4 : a group of plants growing near one another a stand of pine trees
5 : an act of stopping or staying in one place
6 : a halt for defense or resistance Villagers made a stand against the enemy.
7 : a place or post which a person occupies : station The witness took the stand.
8 : a small structure (as a rack or table) on or in which something may be placed an umbrella stand
9 : a raised area (as for speakers or performers)

stand

verb
stood; standing

Legal Definition of stand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to be in a particular state or situation stand accused
2 : to remain valid or effective let the ruling stand

transitive verb

: to submit to stand trial
stand in judgment
: to submit to the judgment of the court
stand in the shoes of
: to assume the rights or obligations of
stand mute
: to be effectively silent: as
a : to exercise the privilege against self-incrimination (as in a trial)
b : to raise no objections the prosecution agreed to stand mute at the sentencing
stand on
: to depend on especially as the basis of an argument or claim a party who stands on the writing as a complete and exclusive embodiment of the contract— J. J. White and R. S. Summers

stand

noun

Legal Definition of stand (Entry 2 of 2)

: the place taken by a witness for testifying in court take the stand — compare bar, bench, dock, sidebar

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