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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Recent Examples on the Web Richard Neal, a Charlotte software engineer who owns the landmark located 34 miles off the coast, famously did the same with Kevin, the flag that withstood Hurricane Florence, last year. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "“Steve,” American Flag Battered by Hurricane Dorian, Being Sold to Help Outer Banks Recovery," 17 Sep. 2019 The special edition version of the $3 million car boasts 1,578 horsepower, and sports tires that can withstand 5,300 G while rotating 68 times per second. Wired, "Hurricane Dorian Science, a Vaping Mouse Experiment, and More News," 4 Sep. 2019 Chuck, remember that one house on Mexico Beach that withstood everything? NBC News, "Meet the Press - September 1, 2019," 1 Sep. 2019 There are gemstones that will withstand the salt water—diamonds, sapphires, rubies— but the water and waves can loosen the fit of a ring and loosen mountings. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Have You Been Doing Beach Jewelry Wrong All Summer?," 21 Aug. 2019 Future Claims But coming up with a way to corral all future claims in a settlement that withstands court scrutiny may be difficult, said Jean Eggen, a Widener University law professor who teaches about toxic torts and environmental law. Tim Loh, Fortune, "Bayer Wants to Settle All Roundup-Related Cancer Claims for $8 Billion," 9 Aug. 2019 But coming up with a way to corral all future claims in a settlement that withstands court scrutiny may be difficult, said Jean Eggen, a Widener University law professor who teaches about toxic torts and environmental law. Bloomberg News, cleveland.com, "Bayer proposes paying $8 billion to settle Roundup cancer claims," 9 Aug. 2019 Using a specialized high-temperature apparatus that can withstand temperatures of up to 1700°C, the team melted the komatiite rocks and examined the minerals within. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How a Few Water Drops Could Change What We Know About Plate Tectonics," 6 Aug. 2019 Any team looking to compete for the title will need a roster the season and a rotation that can withstand playoff scrutiny. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "How Should the Clippers' Role Players Orbit Around Their Two New Stars?," 2 Aug. 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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31 Oct 2019

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

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withstand

verb
How to pronounce withstand (audio)

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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