withstand

verb
with·​stand | \ with-ˈstand How to pronounce withstand (audio) , wit͟h-\
withstood\ with-​ˈstu̇d How to pronounce withstood (audio) , wit͟h-​ \; withstanding

Definition of withstand

transitive verb

1a : to stand up against : oppose with firm determination especially : to resist successfully
b : to be proof against : resist the effect of withstand the impact of a landingCurrent Biography
2 archaic : to stop or obstruct the course of

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Choose the Right Synonym for withstand

oppose, combat, resist, withstand mean to set oneself against someone or something. oppose can apply to any conflict, from mere objection to bitter hostility or warfare. opposed the plan combat stresses the forceful or urgent countering of something. combat disease resist implies an overt recognition of a hostile or threatening force and a positive effort to counteract or repel it. resisting temptation withstand suggests a more passive resistance. trying to withstand peer pressure

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.
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The Tonys ceremony wrapped a decidedly oddball season on Broadway, when the dearth of original plays and musicals likely to withstand the test of time was redeemed primarily by a handful of superlative revivals. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "The 72nd Annual Tony Awards: TV Review," 11 June 2018 As nominees and their guests noshed on French toast, scrambled eggs with asparagus and additional Fig & Olive fare, many conversations centered around dressing tips to withstand the cold that has been gripping the East Coast. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Diane Warren, Ledisi and More Attend L.A. Grammy Nominees Brunch," 21 Jan. 2018 Seats are only made to withstand forces from one crash - not several. Becky Scott, Woman's Day, "Choosing the Right Child's Car Seat," 5 Nov. 2010 While Marvin doors are designed specifically to withstand both extreme heat and extreme cold, there are pieces of the customization process that may change, depending on your region. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Buying Exterior Doors," 19 Feb. 2019 Many of the sellers are independent mortgage lenders that don’t have deposits to fund themselves or other lines of business that can help them withstand a downturn. Ben Eisen, WSJ, "The Hot Trade in the Housing Market: Servicing Your Mortgage," 13 Feb. 2019 Wood Floor Primer & Undercoat will help paint withstand the wear and tear that comes with being walked on. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Ready For A Paint Makeover? Here's What You Need To Know About Primer," 16 Jan. 2019 Some of his biggest detractors are hardline conservatives whose long practice at withstanding public blowback for their ideas gave them the ballast to make their disgust with Trump’s behavior known. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The fall of the not-quite-Trumpers," 6 Nov. 2018 While Puerto Rico has building codes in place that help structures withstand hurricanes and seismic activity—even older buildings built to past codes survived with minimal damage—informal housing isn’t constructed to this criteria. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How architects and designers are rebuilding Puerto Rico," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of withstand

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for withstand

Middle English, from Old English withstandan, from with against + standan to stand

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withstand

verb

English Language Learners Definition of withstand

: to not be harmed or affected by (something)
: to deal with (something, such as an attack or criticism) successfully

withstand

verb
with·​stand | \ with-ˈstand How to pronounce withstand (audio) , wit͟h-\
withstood\ -​ˈstu̇d \; withstanding

Kids Definition of withstand

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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