Synonyms & Antonyms of withstand

to refuse to give in to
  • trying to withstand the temptation to use the beautiful weather as an excuse to take a mental health day

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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

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

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“Withstand.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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