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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Such is the short-term cost of climate adaptation in the Front Range, where the Colorado Department of Transportation is rebuilding a primary conduit to Rocky Mountain National Park to withstand a future of climate instability. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Colorado Charts a New Path Away from Floodwaters," 25 May 2018 The bread used, called birote, is native to the region and made to withstand the tender, Jalisco-style pork and spicy Yahualica pepper salsa that sits between it. Kristin Braswell, Sunset, "10 Best Trips to Mexico for Your Travel Personality," 22 Jan. 2018 And there is something to that idea—that dragon blood is what gives Dany her ability to withstand insane temperatures and even live through fires. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Could Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen Marry on 'Game of Thrones'?," 15 Apr. 2019 Still, even several million miles away, the probe will have to withstand temperatures of 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The winter solstice is Friday: 8 things to know about the shortest day of the year," 18 Dec. 2018 At 1,000mph the radial load on each of Bloodhound SSC's wheels will be ~50,000G, which is why they are forged, rather than cast, the better to withstand those forces. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 Others may not want to withstand the shaming that may come with a trial, and in places like college campuses, Davidson said some survivors choose not to come forward for fear their friends or social circle won’t believe them. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "A Year After the Weinstein Allegations, the #MeToo Movement Largely Hasn't Reformed Survivor Justice," 4 Oct. 2018 Much will depend of the feisty Japanese squad’s ability to stay solid at the back, and to withstand what figures to be an early onslaught. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup: Ranking the matchups in the Round of 16," 29 June 2018 Because lighter passenger trains can collide with heavy freight trains on shared tracks, the goal of the previous crash standards was to build passenger cars that could withstand the impact. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Will New Train Guidelines Improve Speeds? Not So Fast," 11 Jan. 2019

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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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