Definition of withstand
withstoodplay \with-ˈstu̇d, with-\;
1a : to stand up against : oppose with firm determination; especially : to resist successfullyb : to be proof against : resist the effect of withstand the impact of a landing — Current Biography
2 archaic : to stop or obstruct the course of
Examples of withstand in a Sentence
cookware that can withstand high temperatures
I couldn't withstand the rigors of army life.
They withstood attacks from many critics.
Recent Examples of withstand from the Web
A delay was announced for gate opening at Nationals Park for the James Taylor-Bonnie Raitt concert, which began on time at 7 p.m. Great trees, which had withstood years of storms, suddenly toppled.
The immigrants — who withstood cougars and rattlesnakes, and learned to eat cactus — take it in stride.
How have these two groups withstood recent phylogenetic studies?
FABRIC STRATEGIES Fabrics that can withstand life with pets used to be rough and often unappealing to touch, Yip says.
A weakness is that the protein must be able to withstand the acid and refold back into its functional state after the acid is gone, Hunter said, but the Wang group successfully made three different phosphotyrosine proteins this way.
Loudoun Master Gardeners will discuss how to get vegetables to withstand bugs and summer heat.
Both Thomas and Hill withstood withering and painfully detailed questions from members of the all-male Judiciary Committee.
The guy has boundless energy, ambition and access to money — and the personality and love of the game to withstand the grind and glare of politics.
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Origin and Etymology of withstand
Middle English, from Old English withstandan, from with against + standan to stand
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of withstand
WITHSTAND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of withstand for English Language Learners
: to not be harmed or affected by (something)
: to deal with (something, such as an attack or criticism) successfully
WITHSTAND Defined for Kids
Definition of withstand for Students
1 : to hold out against This house is able to withstand the worst weather.
2 : to oppose (as an attack) successfully
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