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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The House select committee made a good start in explaining the insurrection and why American democracy can’t withstand a restoration of Donald Trump. The New Yorker, 17 July 2022 Two parents cannot both be in a Bad Mood because parenting cannot withstand it, and both parents are keenly aware of this. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, 17 June 2022 While his rhymes didn’t withstand the test of time, his enduring passion for music persisted and permeated all levels of his comedy career. Derek Scancarelli, Forbes, 15 June 2022 The scientists found that the patch can cling to skin for at least 48 hours, can be removed without leaving residue, and can withstand water. Wired, 29 July 2022 For all other kinds of stains, wash in the warmest water the garment can withstand. Jodhaira Rodriguez, Good Housekeeping, 27 July 2022 Spending must be cut so Tehran can better withstand foreign financial pressure. Reuel Marc Gerecht And Ray Takeyh, WSJ, 26 July 2022 Faults and all, these were genuine seekers who asked the biggest questions about art, culture and society, and who will surely withstand cultural vagaries. Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 As Perry's team started up the mountain this year, their hopes were higher the new stations can withstand the conditions better. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 18 July 2022 See More

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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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12 Aug 2022

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“Withstand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withstand. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for withstand


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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