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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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 What remains of the US populace is holed up in remote, disconnected cities called KNOTs, where the populace cowers in fear, dependent on outside deliveries from brave couriers who can withstand the timefall and BTs. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Death Stranding is Kojima unleashed, and it’s as weird as you’d expect," 1 Nov. 2019 The last time this predicament popped up, the Bears, kicking issues withstanding, felt pretty darn good about themselves. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The Bears’ issues continue to mount after their 3rd consecutive loss — and they can’t just cut the kicker this time," 27 Oct. 2019 The latest version comes with a 25-year warranty and a promise that the glass can withstand 110-mph winds and chunks of hail nearly 2 inches in diameter. Wired, "Tesla Has a New Solar Roof—and Musk Says This One Will Work," 26 Oct. 2019 Kropfelder converted from close range amid an aggressive push by Century (11-4), which withstood a charge from South Carroll throughout the first overtime. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Boys Soccer: Kyle Kropfelder’s 2OT goal sends Century past South Carroll, into region final," 26 Oct. 2019 On the opposite side of the ball, the Colts secondary and linebacker corps have proved plenty deep when withstanding injuries to stars Darius Leonard, Malik Hooker and Kenny Moore. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: With NFL trade deadline looming, Colts could look to bolster pass rush," 23 Oct. 2019 If Seton Hall can withstand its tough early season schedule, Maryland will benefit by getting a potential top 10 team on the road before jumping back into the Big Ten schedule after New Year’s. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Three takeaways from Maryland men’s basketball’s high preseason ranking," 22 Oct. 2019 The goal of conservation programs is to maintain as much diversity as possible and prevent inbreeding, ensuring a population can withstand changes in the environment and survive long term. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Last Truly Wild Horses Are Alive and Well in Chernobyl," 17 Oct. 2019 Despite withstanding months of public sniping from the administration and clear policy disagreements with the president, McAleenan also proved an effective implementer of some of Trump's most extreme initiatives to crack down at the border. Anchorage Daily News, "Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan steps down," 12 Oct. 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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14 Nov 2019

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

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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


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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