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standing

adjective stand·ing \ ˈstan-diŋ \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of standing

1 a : 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
3 a : 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

Examples of standing in a Sentence

  1. Start the exercise in a standing position.

  2. The standing offer for the computer system is $1,499.

Recent Examples of standing from the Web

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First Known Use of standing

14th century


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standing

noun

Definition of standing

1 a : a place to stand in : location
b : a position from which one may assert or enforce legal rights and duties
2 a : 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

Examples of standing in a Sentence

  1. a lawyer of high standing

  2. They've won five games in a row and are starting to move up in the standings.

  3. They're in first place in the current standings.

  4. a marriage of many years' standing

Recent Examples of standing from the Web

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First Known Use of standing

15th century



STANDING Defined for English Language Learners

standing

adjective

Definition of standing for English Language Learners

  • : used in or for standing

  • : done while in a standing position

  • : not flowing


standing

noun

Definition of standing for English Language Learners

  • : the position or rank of someone in a group

  • standings sports : a list that shows the positions of the players or teams that are competing against each other

  • : length of existence


STANDING Defined for Kids

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standing

adjective stand·ing \ ˈstan-diŋ \

Definition of standing for Students

1 : 1erect
  • 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

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standing

noun

Definition of standing for Students

1 : length of existence or service
  • It's a custom of long standing.
2 : 1position 5, status
  • My friend had the highest standing in the class.

Law Dictionary

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standing

adjective stand·ing

legal Definition of standing

: continuing in existence, use, or effect indefinitely
  • a standing order

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standing

noun

legal Definition of standing

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 claim
  • Hawaii'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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