- to stand or hold out against; resist or oppose, especially successfully: to withstand rust; to withstand the invaders; to withstand temptation.
- to stand in opposition; resist.
Origin of withstand
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Examples from the Web for withstands
It withstands, however, the frosts of winter better than most other grasses.
It also withstands the frosts remarkably, being a hardy plant.
It is very elastic and withstands the climate, when seasoned, as well as Teak.The Philippine Islands
But men have a saying, My only delight in being lord is that no one withstands what I say.
Now if what he says is good, and no one withstands him, is not that good too?
- (tr) to stand up to forcefully; resist
- (intr) to remain firm in endurance or opposition
Word Origin and History for withstands
Old English wiðstandan, from wið "against" (see with) + standan "to stand" (see stand (v.)); perhaps a loan-translation of Latin resistere "to resist" (see resist). Cf. Old Norse viðstanda, Old Frisian withstonda, Old High German widarstan. In 14c. and early 15c., withsit was in use with the same meaning. Related: Withstood; withstanding.