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

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 speech earned him a standing ovation and positive headlines over the holiday weekend. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Democrats Need to Decide Whether They Care About Muslim Voters," 4 Sep. 2019 Seventh and eighth graders gave a standing ovation to the incoming sixth graders, to welcome them to middle school. Alexandra Kukulka,, "School starts at Northbrook/Glenview School District 30, with Maple School welcoming students and staff to new building," 3 Sep. 2019 In appreciation for her years of service, she was given a standing ovation. Mary Jane Brewer,, "Medina County Parks District honors volunteers," 1 Sep. 2019 Sandoval collected a standing ovation as his name was announced on the PA. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, "Loud cheers but no magic in Pablo Sandoval’s likely last cameo," 1 Sep. 2019 The right-hander received a standing ovation from the crowd, and players from both sides cheered while standing in front of their respective dugouts. Mark Didtler,, "Indians pitcher Carrasco returns from leukemia but Rays sweep weekend to take over No. 1 wild-card spot," 1 Sep. 2019 On lap 19, fans joined in a standing ovation for Hubert, who raced as No. Matias Grez, CNN, "Charles Leclerc dedicates first Formula 1 victory to Anthoine Hubert," 1 Sep. 2019 But the welcome seemed more measured than the standing ovation awarded to him Sunday by the opera crowd at the Salzburg Festival, his first performance since the publication of the allegations. Washington Post, "Placido Domingo concert opening sports complex in Hungary," 30 Aug. 2019 Fans gave him a standing ovation, and the ball was tossed from play for Dubon’s safekeeping. John Shea,, "Giants’ Mauricio Dubon gets first big-league hit in loss to Padres," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

McGinn had to shuffle backwards before, from a standing position, volleying the ball from 25 yards onto the underside of the crossbar and over the line., "7 Wonder Goals That Were Somehow Left Out of FIFA's Puskás Shortlist," 24 Aug. 2019 The race standings show 98 horses crossing the finish line. Ryan Prior, CNN, "An 18-year-old woman won a 100-mile endurance race with a free horse from Craigslist," 24 Aug. 2019 The win vaulted the Pride back over Sky Blue FC and out of the bottom spot in the NWSL standings. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride beat Chicago Red Stars 2-1 despite early Alex Morgan injury," 23 Aug. 2019 With Battle's veto standing, the salary for the mayor's office remains unchanged. Paul Gattis |, al, "Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle’s veto over salary increase stands," 23 Aug. 2019 Cindric sits fifth in the standings heading into the race at 2 p.m. Saturday. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Austin Cindric carries momentum into the track where his Xfinity Series career began," 23 Aug. 2019 Crosby plays all three of the teams that DCTF predicted to finish ahead of them in the district standings within a four-week window starting with a game at Port Neches-Groves on Oct. 11. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Crosby’s new coach, team optimistic after fall camp," 18 Aug. 2019 He was met with thunderous standing applause from the body of the Republican Party. Robert Kabeland And Jill Homan, Twin Cities, "Kabeland, Homan: Trump defends LGBTQ rights. He has our Log Cabin endorsement.," 17 Aug. 2019 Around the corner from Allen’s working quarters, there is a dry erase board with season and daily standings of the 30-plus people who are part of these behind-the-scenes operations. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers PA announcer staring down cancer with unshakable faith," 16 Aug. 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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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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