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staunch

verb \ˈstȯnch, ˈstänch\

variant of

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to check or stop the flowing of stanched her tears; also :  to stop the flow of blood from (a wound)

  3. 2 archaic :  allay, extinguish

  4. 3a :  to stop or check in its course trying to stanch the crime waveb :  to make watertight :  stop up


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staunch

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adjective \ˈstȯnch, ˈstänch\
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\ˈstȯnch, ˈstänch, ˈstanch\

Definition of staunch

  1. 1a :  watertight, soundb :  strongly built :  substantial

  2. 2 :  steadfast in loyalty or principle a staunch friend

staunchly

adverb

staunchness

noun

Examples of staunch in a Sentence

  1. She is a staunch advocate of women's rights.

  2. He's a staunch believer in the value of regular exercise.

  3. I'm one of his staunchest supporters.

Origin and Etymology of staunch

Middle English, from Anglo-French estanche, feminine of estanc, from estancher to stanch — more at stanch

Synonym Discussion of staunch

faithful, loyal, constant, staunch, steadfast, resolute mean firm in adherence to whatever one owes allegiance. faithful implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted. faithful to her promise loyal implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray. remained loyal to the czar constant stresses continuing firmness of emotional attachment without necessarily implying strict obedience to promises or vows. constant friends staunch suggests fortitude and resolution in adherence and imperviousness to influences that would weaken it. a staunch defender of free speech steadfast implies a steady and unwavering course in love, allegiance, or conviction. steadfast in their support resolute implies firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose. a resolute ally

STAUNCH Defined for English Language Learners

staunch

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adjective

Definition of staunch for English Language Learners

  • : very devoted or loyal to a person, belief, or cause


STAUNCH Defined for Kids

staunch

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adjective \ˈstȯnch, ˈstänch\

Definition of staunch for Students

stauncher

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staunchest

  1. 1 :  strongly built :  substantial staunch foundations

  2. 2 :  loyal, steadfast They were staunch supporters.

staunchly

adverb

Medical Dictionary

staunch

Medical Definition of staunch

variant of stanch


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