verb (used without object), stood, stand·ing.
- to take or hold a particular course at sea.
- to move in a certain direction: to stand offshore.
verb (used with object), stood, stand·ing.
noun, plural stands for 28–49, stands or, esp. after a numeral, stand for 50.
- to uphold; support: She stood by him whenever he was in trouble.
- to adhere to (an agreement, promise, etc.); affirm: She stood by her decision despite her sister's arguments.
- to stand ready; wait: Please stand by while I fix this antenna.
- to get ready to speak, act, etc., as at the beginning of a radio or television program.
- to be ready to board a plane, train, or other transport if accommodations become available at the last minute.
- Law.to leave the witness stand.
- to step aside; withdraw, as from a competition: I agreed to stand down so that she could run for the nomination unopposed.
- to leave or take out of active work or service: to stand down some of the ships in the fleet.
- to represent; symbolize: P.S. stands for “postscript.”
- to advocate; favor: He stands for both freedom and justice.
- Informal.to tolerate; allow: I won't stand for any nonsense!
- to be in association or conspiracy with.
- to enjoy the favor of; be on friendly terms with.
- to keep or stay at a distance.
- to put off; evade.
- to depend on; rest on: The case stands on his testimony.
- to be particular about; demand: to stand on ceremony.
- Nautical.to maintain a course and speed.
- to project; protrude: The piers stand out from the harbor wall.
- to be conspicuous or prominent: She stands out in a crowd.
- to persist in opposition or resistance; be inflexible.
- Nautical.to maintain a course away from shore.
- to supervise very closely; watch constantly: He won't work unless someone stands over him.
- to put aside temporarily; postpone: to let a project stand over until the following year.
- to continue to hold; persist in: to stand to one's statement.
- to keep at steadily: Stand to your rowing, men!
- to wait in readiness; stand by: Stand to for action.
- to come to or remain in a standing position: to stand up when being introduced.
- to remain strong, convincing, or durable: The case will never stand up in court. Wool stands up better than silk.
- Slang.to fail to keep an appointment with (someone, especially a sweetheart or date): I waited for Kim for an hour before I realized I'd been stood up.
- to defend the cause of; support: No one could understand why he stood up for an incorrigible criminal.
- to serve a bridegroom or bride, as best man or maid (matron) of honor.
Origin of stand
Synonyms for stand
Related Words for standstance, belief, sentiment, attitude, determination, view, table, support, booth, platform, locate, set, rise, erect, settle, place, rank, put, pause, last
Examples from the Web for stand
Contemporary Examples of stand
To be a liberal, you have to stand up for liberal principles.Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’
January 8, 2015
Those opposing same-sex marriage are on their heels, and increasingly unwilling or unable to make a stand against it.‘Only God’ Can Stop Gay Marriage
January 6, 2015
Another read: “We need leaders who will stand against Common Core.”Rand Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Trolling Campaign
January 6, 2015
Is there any chance the potential 2016 hopeful will stand up to the right and embrace paid sick leave?Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy
January 3, 2015
“I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on,” Carson tells Mrs. Hughes with trepidation.What Downton’s Fashion Really Means
January 2, 2015
Historical Examples of stand
Yet it is a satisfaction to do what I can to let you know the position in which I stand.
Mrs. Wybert, you was in Montana long enough to know how I stand there?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Never mind me, mother; I'm young and strong, I can stand work—but it's hard on you.
But as Philip obeyed her words, he saw her move suddenly and stand by Emilia's side.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Let us realize the importance of the attitude in which we stand before the world.
verb stands, standing or stood (mainly intr)
- to remain motionless
- (foll by for) USto tolerateI won't stand still for your threats
- a position on the floor of a shearing shed allocated to one shearer
- the shearing equipment belonging to such a position
Word Origin for stand
Old English standan (class VI strong verb; past tense stod, past participle standen), from Proto-Germanic *sta-n-d- (cf. Old Norse standa, Old Saxon and Gothic standan, Old High German stantan, Swedish stå, Dutch staan, German stehen), from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
Sense of "to exist, be present" is attested from c.1300. Meaning "to pay for as a treat" is from 1821. Phrase stands to reason (1620) is from earlier stands (is constant) with reason. Phrase stand pat is originally from poker (1882); stand down in the military sense of "go off duty" is first recorded 1916. Standing ovation attested by 1968; standing army is from c.1600.
"pause, delay," Old English, from the root of stand (v.). Meaning "place of standing, position" is from c.1300; figurative sense is from 1590s. Sense of "action of standing or coming to a position" is attested from late 14c., especially in reference to fighting. Meaning "raised platform for a hunter or sportsman" is attested from c.1400.
Sense of "stall or booth" is first recorded c.1500. Military meaning "complete set" (of arms, colors, etc.) is from 1721, often a collective singular. Sense of "standing growth of trees" is 1868, American English. Theatrical sense of "each stop made on a performance tour" is from 1896. The word was formerly also slang for "an erection" (1867).
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
- 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