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 This past Saturday, under a soft drizzle, a sizable crowd gathered under tents near where the Hayes Store once stood. Thomas M. Boyd, WSJ, "The Road That Led to Rosa Parks," 3 Feb. 2020 Stacey Abrams is standing at a podium in the kind of room where she’s spent much of her adult life. Allegra Kirkland, Teen Vogue, "Stacey Abrams Talks 2020, AOC, and the Future of the Democratic Party," 3 Feb. 2020 The last-minute decision Saturday not to release the last Des Moines Register/CNN poll before the caucus just added more confusion about where things stand. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Iowans like Buttigieg. And Biden. Warren and Sanders too. Many are undecided before caucus," 2 Feb. 2020 People wanting to avoid guns couldn’t even seek refuge inside the state Capitol, where one guy stood, fumbling with his rifle as the strap slipped off his shoulder and the barrel of the black AR-15 clanked off the marble floors. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Gerth: Got a gun, go on in. At Kentucky Capitol, only people not packing heat are screened," 31 Jan. 2020 And both sides are keeping close tabs on where the moderates stand. Laurie Kellman, Anchorage Daily News, "Murkowski and other moderate senators team up at Trump impeachment trial," 31 Jan. 2020 So, factoring in everything, where does Sexton stand? Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Collin Sexton wants Rising Stars spot, believes he deserves it -- and he has a strong case," 30 Jan. 2020 The pizzeria is in a former car-repair garage at 1441 W. Elizabeth St., a block north of Michigan and a stone's throw away from the famous corner of Trumbull and Michigan where Tiger Stadium once stood. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan & Trumbull pizzeria opens in Corktown, offers Detroit-style pizza," 29 Jan. 2020 Scientists hope to use these data to help resolve the long-standing mystery of why the sun’s corona—its halolike outer atmosphere—is up to millions of degrees hotter than its surface. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "Home Star Stunner: Best Ever Images of Solar Surface Herald New Era," 29 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The artist, using her body as a stand-in, is making a commentary on the invisibility of women, labor, immigrants and entire cultures that colonialism has wrought. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "Nida Bangash’s exhibition at Talley Dunn Gallery explores the heavy load borne by women of color," 30 Jan. 2020 There’s no gasoline-only version of the Niro, so making a comparison is a little tricky, but Kia’s Sportage crossover SUV is a good stand-in. Washington Post, "Hybrids lose edge but Edmunds picks 5 still worth buying," 29 Jan. 2020 The Federation always was a stand-in for a particularly American worldview. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Star Trek: Picard frontloads fanservice so it can get on with going boldly," 24 Jan. 2020 It's become a stand-in for the pro-globalism elites that Trump railed against. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "Of course Davos loves Trump," 22 Jan. 2020 Beans are also excellent stand-ins for meat in certain recipes, like using chickpeas in a riff on Indian butter chicken, and filling tacos with black beans instead of pork. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "The Meat-Lover’s Guide to Eating Less Meat," 31 Dec. 2019 After working last week as the stand-in for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson on Tampa Bay’s scout team, Franklin got on the field against Atlanta in the wildcat formation and had an 11-yard run. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Auburn NFL roundup: Duke Williams records 100-yard game for Bills," 30 Dec. 2019 But Thornton’s Willie is a stand-in for every mistreated and maladjusted soul who has ever had to feign merriment just to make it through the holidays without oozing misanthropy all over the place. Tim Carman, Houston Chronicle, "The 10 greatest food scenes from holiday movies and what they really mean," 24 Dec. 2019 Robbie’s performance is masterful, and Kayla’s lack of specificity makes her an apt stand-in for the many people at Fox News who are not part of the story Bombshell is telling. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Most Powerful Scene in Bombshell," 23 Dec. 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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The first known use of stand was before the 12th century

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6 Feb 2020

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“Stand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stands. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for stand

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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