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 Rivers deftly climbs the pocket, a skill that impressive third-year starter Deshaun Watson and Texans blockers could stand to develop. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: TD catch by cancer survivor Quessenberry tops Week 2 NFL-San Diego highlights," 16 Sep. 2019 Dominique Yates, meanwhile, has a look at where WKU stands after that loss. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "With Drew Brees reportedly out 6 weeks, all eyes in the NFL turn to Teddy Bridgewater," 16 Sep. 2019 Beyond having best-in-class products, I am always inspired by what this company stands for. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Watch Karlie Kloss Play a 'Beauty Boss' in New Estée Lauder Campaign: 'Real Power Lies in Self Confidence'," 13 Sep. 2019 While few of us possess the gifts of a Toni Morrison, all of us stand to gain by continuing to flex our literary muscles. Roger J. Kreuz, Quartz, "The one skill that doesn’t deteriorate with age," 13 Sep. 2019 But nine months into their nomination fight, divided Democrats have yet to answer fundamental questions about who or what the party stands for beyond simply opposing President Donald Trump. Bill Barrow And Steve Peoples, chicagotribune.com, "The Democratic debate featured some fiery exchanges and put the divide between liberal and moderate candidates on display," 12 Sep. 2019 But nine months into their nomination fight, divided Democrats have yet to answer fundamental questions about who or what the party stands for beyond simply opposing Trump. Nicholas Riccardi, Twin Cities, "Presidential candidates clash over health care in third Democratic debate," 12 Sep. 2019 The Pentagon's top official, Mark Esper, spent seven years lobbying for defense industry juggernaut Raytheon, a company that stands to gain handsomely from Mr. Trump's push to boost military spending by billions of dollars. CBS News, "Trump's Cabinet has included more ex-lobbyists than Obama or Bush," 17 Sep. 2019 The Pentagon’s top official, Mark Esper, spent seven years lobbying for defense industry juggernaut Raytheon, a company that stands to gain handsomely from Trump’s push to boost military spending by billions of dollars. Washington Post, "Trump’s Cabinet has had more ex-lobbyists than Obama or Bush," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to take a stand on minimum seat room in the next few weeks, and the ability to safely evacuate an aircraft will be an important factor. Author: Christopher Elliott, Anchorage Daily News, "How to evacuate a plane," 17 Sep. 2019 Excitement bubbled about a new path, as a stand-up comedian. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Painful lesson of late Jake Palet: Helping, hurting can go hand-in-hand," 16 Sep. 2019 With the help of his father, Daniel, who is a Florida State alum and booster, young Grayton set up a lemonade stand on Sunday to raise funds to replace the Seminoles coach who is 6-9 in 15 games with the program. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Four-Year-Old Florida State Fan Sells Lemonade for Willie Taggart's Buyout," 16 Sep. 2019 Fleck has dreams of being a stand-up comedian and starring on the popular late-night talk show hosted by Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro). Ariston Anderson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Joaquin Phoenix Explains Why His 'Joker' Laugh Is "Something That's Almost Painful"," 31 Aug. 2019 Leno is also back to doing stand-up, a platform that earned him his big break during the 1970s. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "Jay Leno wants you to hear his new Trump joke and so much more," 28 Aug. 2019 How could this coach–who everyone agreed was a stand-up guy–not do the right thing? Brenda Tracy, Health.com, "I Was Gang-Raped by 4 Men—Here's What We Need to Stop Sexual Violence," 20 Aug. 2019 My stand-up tends to have a good story as opposed to set punches. Camila Vallejo, courant.com, "Who is Laura Manasewich? A Hartford comedian living the dream of doing both stand-up and improv," 15 Aug. 2019 Park City Yoga Adventures combines the practice with hiking and a stand-up paddleboard experience inside a 10,000-year-old geothermal cave filled with 96-degree mineral water. Amy Tara Koch, Dallas News, "These four mountain getaways are worth a peak," 13 Aug. 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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