Nearby words

  1. stance,
  2. stanch,
  3. stanchion,
  4. stanchless,
  5. stanchlessly,
  6. stand a chance,
  7. stand at ease,
  8. stand by,
  9. stand corrected,
  10. stand down


Origin of stand

before 900; Middle English standen (v.), Old English standan; cognate with Old Saxon standan, Middle Dutch standen, Old High German stantan, standa, standan; akin to Latin stāre to stand, sistere, Greek histánai to make stand, Sanskrit sthā to stand, Old Irish at-tá (he) is

Synonym study

25. See bear1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stand

British Dictionary definitions for stand


verb stands, standing or stood (mainly intr)

(also tr) to be or cause to be in an erect or upright position
to rise to, assume, or maintain an upright position
(copula) to have a specified height when standingto stand six feet
to be situated or locatedthe house stands in the square
to be or exist in a specified state or conditionto stand in awe of someone
to adopt or remain in a resolute position or attitude
(may take an infinitive) to be in a specified positionI stand to lose money in this venture; he stands high in the president's favour
to remain in force or continue in effectwhatever the difficulties, my orders stand
to come to a stop or halt, esp temporarily
(of water, etc) to collect and remain without flowing
(often foll by at) (of a score, account, etc) to indicate the specified position of the parties involvedthe score stands at 20 to 1
(also tr ; when intr , foll by for) to tolerate or bearI won't stand for your nonsense any longer; I can't stand spiders
(tr) to resist; surviveto stand the test of time
(tr) to submit toto stand trial
(often foll by for) mainly British to be or become a candidatewill he stand for Parliament?
to navigate in a specified directionwe were standing for Madeira when the storm broke
(of a gun dog) to point at game
to halt, esp to give action, repel attack, or disrupt an enemy advance when retreating
(of a male domestic animal, esp a stallion) to be available as a stud
(also tr) printing to keep (type that has been set) or (of such type) to be kept, for possible use in future printings
(tr) informal to bear the cost of; pay forto stand someone a drink
stand a chance to have a hope or likelihood of winning, succeeding, etc
stand fast to maintain one's position firmly
stand one's ground to maintain a stance or position in the face of opposition
stand still
  1. to remain motionless
  2. (foll by for) USto tolerateI won't stand still for your threats
stand to someone Irish informal to be useful to someoneyour knowledge of English will stand to you


the act or an instance of standing
an opinion, esp a resolutely held onehe took a stand on capital punishment
a halt or standstill
a place where a person or thing stands
Australian and NZ
  1. a position on the floor of a shearing shed allocated to one shearer
  2. the shearing equipment belonging to such a position
a structure, usually of wood, on which people can sit or stand
a frame or rack on which such articles as coats and hats may be hung
a small table or piece of furniture where articles may be placed or storeda music stand
a supporting framework, esp for a tool or instrument
a stall, booth, or counter from which goods may be sold
an exhibition area in a trade fair
a halt to give action, etc, esp one taken during a retreat and having some duration or some success
cricket an extended period at the wicket by two batsmen
a growth of plants in a particular area, esp trees in a forest or a crop in a field
a stop made by a touring theatrical company, pop group, etc, to give a performance (esp in the phrase one-night stand)
Southern African a plot or site earmarked for the erection of a building
(of a gun dog) the act of pointing at game
a complete set, esp of arms or armour for one man
military the flags of a regiment

Derived Formsstander, noun

Word Origin for stand

Old English standan; related to Old Norse standa, Old High German stantan, Latin stāre to stand; see stead

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Word Origin and History for stand
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Idioms and Phrases with stand


In addition to the idioms beginning with stand

  • stand a chance
  • stand at ease
  • stand by
  • stand corrected
  • stand down
  • stand fast
  • stand for
  • stand guard
  • stand in awe
  • stand in for
  • standing joke
  • standing on one's head
  • stand in good stead
  • standing order
  • stand off
  • stand on
  • stand one's ground
  • stand on one's own feet
  • stand out
  • stand over
  • stand pat
  • stand still for
  • stand the gaff
  • stand the sight of
  • stand to reason
  • stand up
  • stand up and be counted
  • stand up for
  • stand up to
  • stand up with

also see:

  • can't stand the sight of
  • heart misses a beat (stands still)
  • (stand) in awe of
  • it stands to reason
  • know where one stands
  • make a stand
  • make one's hair stand on end
  • not have (stand) an earthly chance
  • take a stand
  • without a leg to stand on
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