- to take or hold a particular course at sea.
- to move in a certain direction: to stand offshore.
- 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.
Idioms about stand
Origin of stand
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Words nearby stand
How to use stand in a sentence
You know, we had the typical lemonade stands and selling cinnamon sticks and things like that.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode)|Maria Konnikova|September 12, 2020|Freakonomics
OZY has reported that 70 percent of Gen Zers believe their lives need to make a difference in the world and 65 percent say it’s important for companies to take a stand on social issues.
This engine, situated off-center, powered the vehicle at a slight angle into the sky, where it moved several dozen meters laterally before descending and coming to rest near the launch stand.SpaceX hops a full-scale Starship prototype for the second time|Eric Berger|September 3, 2020|Ars Technica
One of the reasons I joined Levi Strauss is that this company has had for its entire 167 years a practice where the CEO is expected to take stands on important issues of the day.CEOs aren’t promoting stakeholder capitalism for the publicity|Alan Murray|September 1, 2020|Fortune
We took a stand on it because it’s ripping the country apart.Levi Strauss’s Chip Bergh on why he’s taking his most direct stance yet against structural racism|Ellen McGirt|September 1, 2020|Fortune
To be a liberal, you have to stand up for liberal principles.Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’|Lloyd Grove|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And with stand-ups, I remember liking George Carlin and Steve Martin.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Those opposing same-sex marriage are on their heels, and increasingly unwilling or unable to make a stand against it.
Spencer, 27, is variously described as a writer and a stand-up comic.Meet Stephen Fry’s Future Husband (Who Is Less Than Half His Age)|Tom Sykes|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Another read: “We need leaders who will stand against Common Core.”
She stood, in her young purity, at one end of the chain of years, and Mrs. Chepstow—did she really stand at the other?Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
But the liberal soul deviseth liberal things, and by liberal things shall he stand.
All bribery, and injustice shall be blotted out, and fidelity shall stand for ever.
It is only necessary to have a zinc, or a galvanized tray on which to stand the glass in an inverted position.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
Gold and silver make the feet stand sure: but wise counsel is above them both.
British Dictionary definitions for stand
- to remain motionless
- (foll by for) US to 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
Derived forms of standstander, noun
Word Origin for stand
Other 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
- 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