stand

verb
\ ˈstand How to pronounce stand (audio) \
stood\ ˈstu̇d How to pronounce stand (audio) \; standing

Essential Meaning of stand

1 : to be in an upright position with all of your weight on your feet She was standing near the window. He was standing next to me. See More ExamplesAll of the seats on the bus were taken so we had to stand. Don't just stand there (doing nothing)—do something! He can stand using a cane. You're standing on my foot. [=you're standing with your foot on top of my foot] He was standing in a puddle of water. The deer stood still, listening for danger. The soldiers stood (up) straight. We had to stand in line for over an hour. People were just standing around [=standing without doing anything], waiting to get inside the theater.Hide
2 : to move onto your feet from a sitting or low position Please stand [=(more formally) rise] for the national anthem.
3 : to be in an upright position Two bowling pins were left standing. A shovel and rake stood in the corner. The house she grew up in is no longer standing. [=the house has been destroyed or knocked down; the house no longer exists]

Full Definition of stand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to support oneself on the feet in an erect position
b : to be a specified height when fully erect stands six feet two
c : to rise to an erect position
2a : to take up or maintain a specified position or posture stand aside can you stand on your head
b : to maintain one's position stand firm
3 : to be in a particular state or situation stands accused
4 : to hold a course at sea
5 obsolete : hesitate
6a : to have or maintain a relative position in or as if in a graded scale stands first in the class
b : to be in a position to gain or lose because of an action taken or a commitment made stands to make quite a profit
7 chiefly British : to be a candidate : run
8a : to rest or remain upright on a base or lower end a clock stood on the mantle
b : to occupy a place or location the house stands on a knoll
9a : to remain stationary or inactive the car stood in the garage for a week
b : to gather slowly and remain tears standing in her eyes
10 : agree, accord used chiefly in the expression it stands to reason
11a : to exist in a definite written or printed form copy a passage exactly as it stands
b : to remain valid or efficacious the order given last week still stands
12 of a male animal : to be available as a sire used especially of horses
13 : to refuse additional cards (as in blackjack)

transitive verb

1a : to endure or undergo successfully this book will stand the test of time
b : to tolerate without flinching : bear courageously stands pain well
c : to endure the presence or personality of can't stand the boss
d : to derive benefit or enjoyment from you look like you could stand a drink
2 : to remain firm in the face of stand a siege
3 : to submit to stand trial
4a : to perform the duty of stand guard
b : to participate in (a military formation)
5 : to pay the cost of (a treat) : pay for I'll stand you a dinner stand drinks
6 : to cause to stand : set upright
7 : to make available for breeding stand a stallion
stand a chance
: to have a chance
stand for
1 : to be a symbol for : represent
2 : to put up with : permit
stand on
1 : to depend on
2 : to insist on never stands on ceremony
stand one's ground
: to maintain one's position
stand on one's own feet
: to think or act independently
stand tall
: to exhibit courage, strength, or calm especially in the face of adversity
stand treat
: to pay the cost of food, drink, or entertainment for others in a group

stand

noun

Definition of stand (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a halt for defense or resistance
b : an often defensive effort of some duration or degree of success a goal-line stand
c(1) : a stop made to give a performance a 6-game stand at home
(2) : a town where such a stop is made
2 : an act of stopping or staying in one place
3a : a place or post where one stands
b : a strongly or aggressively held position especially on a debatable issue took a stand against higher taxes
4a : the place taken by a witness for testifying in court
b stands plural
(1) : a section of the tiered seats for spectators of a sport or spectacle
(2) : the occupants of such seats
c : a raised platform (as for a speaker or hunter) serving as a point of vantage
5a : a small often open-air structure for a small retail business a vegetable stand a hot dog stand
b : a site fit for business opportunity
6 : a place where a passenger vehicle stops or parks a taxi stand
8 : a frame on or in which something may be placed for support
9 : a group of plants growing in a continuous area
10 : a standing posture

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Other Words from stand

Verb

stander noun

Synonyms for stand

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Verb

bear, suffer, endure, abide, tolerate, stand mean to put up with something trying or painful. bear usually implies the power to sustain without flinching or breaking. forced to bear a tragic loss suffer often suggests acceptance or passivity rather than courage or patience in bearing. suffering many insults endure implies continuing firm or resolute through trials and difficulties. endured years of rejection abide suggests acceptance without resistance or protest. cannot abide their rudeness tolerate suggests overcoming or successfully controlling an impulse to resist, avoid, or resent something injurious or distasteful. refused to tolerate such treatment stand emphasizes even more strongly the ability to bear without discomposure or flinching. unable to stand teasing

Examples of stand in a Sentence

Verb She was standing near the window. He was standing next to me. All of the seats on the bus were taken so we had to stand. He can stand using a cane. He was standing in a puddle of water. The deer stood still, listening for danger. We had to stand in line for over an hour. Two bowling pins were left standing. A shovel and rake stood in the corner. She stood the ladder against the house. Noun The team insured their victory with an impressive goal-line stand. The army is preparing to make a stand against the enemy. students making a stand against the war We have display stands in many bookstores.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Theo cannot stand for this slander and screams that NONE of this will bring Natalie back. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 17 Oct. 2021 That may stand as the most apt description of Indian Wells, October 2021. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 In a place like New Hampshire, where Republicans are hoping to win back congressional seats next year, politicians with fringe views stand to distract voters from the party’s agenda, driving away independents and moderates. Michael Casey, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Oct. 2021 There also stand to be legal challenges to GOP efforts to restrict access to the ballot in several battleground states. Jessica Gresko, ajc, 16 Oct. 2021 Will all Democrats stand together to take on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry, the health insurance companies, the fossil fuel industry, and wealthy campaign contributors? Kyle Morris, Fox News, 16 Oct. 2021 Big enough to stand in the deep end of a pool, Sandhill Cranes stand 5 feet tall with 6-foot wingspans, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 15 Oct. 2021 If an employer can provide relevant information focused around employees’ daily lives (such as physical and mental health), that company could stand a greater chance of keeping employees over the long term. Dinesh Sheth, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Its bullet-ridden buildings still stand like sentinels, warning of the violence many fear could come as the economy continues to unravel. Nazih Osseiran, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Consensus revenue estimates for 2022 stand at just about $50 million, meaning that the stock trades at over 180x forward revenues. Trefis Team, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 The Green Climate Fund stand at the 2015 climate conference. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2021 This week saw several former Theranos lab workers take the stand—including the company’s former lab director, who had both questionable qualifications and a dubious track record on the job. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, 16 Oct. 2021 Sanders and Manchin stand, respectively, as among the Democrats’ most progressive and conservative senators. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Oct. 2021 Children from a Korean class stand for a photo at the Korean mission in Pachappa Camp in Riverside, Calif., in the mid-1910s. NBC News, 15 Oct. 2021 Equally tasty as a stand-alone and with a dish of chicken, couscous and asparagus - the latter notoriously tough to pair a wine with. Marc Bona, cleveland, 10 Oct. 2021 The Manual field, named after Schultz in 1994, underwent renovations in 2019 after a fundraiser to repair the signage on the scoreboard, concession stand, press box and other upgrades. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Oct. 2021 Where does the new one stand with respect to all other Bond movies? Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 8 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of stand

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stand

Verb

Middle English, from Old English standan; akin to Old High German stantan, stān to stand, Latin stare, Greek histanai to cause to stand, set, histasthai to stand, be standing

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20 Oct 2021

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“Stand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stand. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for stand

stand

verb
\ ˈstand How to pronounce stand (audio) \
stood\ ˈstu̇d \; standing

Kids Definition of stand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to be in or take an upright position on the feet Stand for the pledge.
2 : to take up or stay in a specified position or condition Stand aside. The judges stood firm.
3 : to rest, remain, or set in a usually vertical position A clock stands on the shelf.
4 : to be in a specified place Their house stands on the hill.
5 : to put up with : endure He can't stand pain.
6 : to have an opinion How do you stand on the issue?
7 : to stay in effect The order still stands.
8 : undergo stand trial
9 : to perform the duty of stand guard
stand by
1 : to be or remain loyal or true to I stand by my promise. He stood by a friend.
2 : to be present We stood by and watched the fight.
3 : to be or get ready to act I'll stand by to help.
stand for
1 : to be a symbol for : represent What does your middle initial stand for?
2 : to put up with : permit His teacher won't stand for any nonsense.
stand out
: to be easily seen or recognized Two members of the bodyguard did stand out from the others.— Judith Berry Griffin, Phoebe the Spy
stand up
1 : to stay in good condition This type of watch stands up well under hard use.
2 : to fail to keep an appointment with You stood me up yesterday.
stand up for stand up to
: to face boldly

stand

noun

Kids Definition of stand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a structure containing rows of seats for spectators of a sport or spectacle
2 : a stall or booth often outdoors for a small business a fruit stand
3 : position entry 1 sense 2 They took a strong stand on the question.
4 : a group of plants growing near one another a stand of pine trees
5 : an act of stopping or staying in one place
6 : a halt for defense or resistance Villagers made a stand against the enemy.
7 : a place or post which a person occupies : station The witness took the stand.
8 : a small structure (as a rack or table) on or in which something may be placed an umbrella stand
9 : a raised area (as for speakers or performers)

stand

verb
stood; standing

Legal Definition of stand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to be in a particular state or situation stand accused
2 : to remain valid or effective let the ruling stand

transitive verb

: to submit to stand trial
stand in judgment
: to submit to the judgment of the court
stand in the shoes of
: to assume the rights or obligations of
stand mute
: to be effectively silent: as
a : to exercise the privilege against self-incrimination (as in a trial)
b : to raise no objections the prosecution agreed to stand mute at the sentencing
stand on
: to depend on especially as the basis of an argument or claim a party who stands on the writing as a complete and exclusive embodiment of the contract— J. J. White and R. S. Summers

stand

noun

Legal Definition of stand (Entry 2 of 2)

: the place taken by a witness for testifying in court take the stand — compare bar, bench, dock, sidebar

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