Definition of withstand
- withstand the impact of a landing
- —Current Biography
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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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: to not be harmed or affected by (something)
: to deal with (something, such as an attack or criticism) successfully
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