verb (used without object), o·ver·stood, o·ver·stand·ing. Nautical.

Origin of overstand

1300–50; Middle English overstonden to stand over or by; see over-, stand
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Word Origin and History for overstand

"to stand over or beside," from Old English oferstandan; see over- + stand (v.).

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