Definition of withstand
withstoodplay \with-ˈstu̇d, with-\;
1a : to stand up against : oppose with firm determination; especially : to resist successfullyb : to be proof against : resist the effect of <withstand the impact of a landing — Current Biog.>
2 archaic : to stop or obstruct the course of
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.
Origin and Etymology of withstand
Middle English, from Old English withstandan, from with against + standan to stand
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of withstand
WITHSTAND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of withstand for English Language Learners
: to not be harmed or affected by (something)
: to deal with (something, such as an attack or criticism) successfully
WITHSTAND Defined for Kids
Definition of withstand for Students
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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