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 Biography
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.
Recent Examples of withstand from the Web
The hard part is navigating the multiyear legal process to actually reverse legal protections, withstand the political outcry and to have those reversals upheld in court.
The new elevated cottages, with sweeping views of the Florida Bay, are intended to be climate ready and able to withstand any sea rise impacts over the next 50 years, Ramos said.
In recent days, Mr. Trump withstood withering criticism from European counterparts who accused him of shirking America’s role as a global leader and America’s responsibility as history’s largest emitter of planet-warming greenhouse gasses.
Despite the changes, tourists continue to trek to Machu Picchu in ever-increasing numbers, a testament to the original structure that has withstood civilization, conquest, abandonment and — so far — tourism.
The probe’s payload will be shrouded in a 4.5-inch thick carbon-composite shield capable of withstanding temperatures of nearly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,377 degrees Celsius).
Two years ago, Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam easily withstood the pressure of being labeled co-favorites and shared the title.
Yet despite Lindsey's momentary concerns, the Tigers' first-year offensive coordinator is confident Hastings can be a dependable option in the passing game next season while withstanding the wear and tear of a full SEC slate.
AMS would agree only if the Westlake family proved Lucy could withstand elevations higher than 18,500 feet.
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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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