withstand

verb
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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Paxton's election challenge was filled with claims that failed to withstand basic scrutiny. Jake Bleiberg, ajc, 10 June 2021 Paxton's election challenge was filled with claims that failed to withstand basic scrutiny. Jake Bleiberg, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 Paxton's election challenge was filled with claims that failed to withstand basic scrutiny. Jake Bleiberg, Chron, 9 June 2021 Paxton's election challenge was filled with claims that failed to withstand basic scrutiny. Jake Bleiberg, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 But that plan, designed by Boston bridge architect Miguel Rosales, failed to withstand scrutiny and generate support. Steven Litt, cleveland, 16 May 2021 Inovio’s initial findings will now have to withstand further scrutiny from scientists like Burton. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2021 Political leaders and high-level government functionaries continued to ignore annual warnings that the area’s levee system was inadequate and likely would not withstand a direct hit from a Category 4 or 5 storm. Adolph Reed Jr., The New Republic, 27 Apr. 2021 Major indexes have continued to climb this year even as Treasury yields have shot upward, another sign of investors’ confidence that the economy can withstand higher interest rates. Peter Santilli, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of withstand was before the 12th century

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13 Jun 2021

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“Withstand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withstand. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for withstand

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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