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verb
the simple past tense and past participle of stand.
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What is a basic definition of stood?

Stood is the past tense and past participle of the verb stand. Stood can mean to be positioned upright (in the past), to not move or budge (in the past), or to believe in something (in the past). Stood, like stand, has many other senses as a verb. As the past tense of stand, stood is used in many of the same idioms.

If someone stood somewhere, it means they were in an upright position at that location and not sitting or lying down. If an object stood somewhere, it was located there and hadn’t yet collapsed, fell down, or been moved somewhere else.

  • Real-life examples: The Colossus of Rhodes stood at a Greek harbor before collapsing during an earthquake. Archaeologists may find evidence of a building that once stood somewhere in the past but has since been destroyed.
  • Used in a sentence: I stood by the door and waited for the mailman. 

Stood can also mean that someone or an animal rose from a sitting, lying, or squatting position. This sense is often followed by up.

  • Used in a sentence: Larry slowly stood up out of his chair to greet his son.  

In a similar sense, stood can be used to mean that something was a certain height if positioned fully upright.

  • Used in a sentence: I swear that the King Kong statue stood over 100 feet tall! 

Stood can also mean to have not moved or given any ground.

  • Used in a sentence: I stood firm against the volley of snowballs. 

Stood can also mean to believe in something. This sense is often followed by the word for.

  • Used in a sentence: I try to live up to my mother’s legacy and follow the values she stood for. 

Where does stood come from?

Stood is the past tense of stand. The first records of stand come from before 900. It ultimately comes from the Old English standan or stondan, meaning “to stand.” It is related to the Latin stāre, meaning “to stand up, be standing,” and the Greek histánai, meaning “to make stand.”

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What are some other forms related to stood?

  • stand (infinitive verb)

What are some synonyms for stood?

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How is stood used in real life?

Stood is the past tense of stand. It is used to mean to have been positioned upright, to have remained still, or to have believed in something.

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Is stood used correctly in the following sentence?

Some of us stood during the meeting because there weren’t enough chairs for everyone.

How to use stood in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for stood

stood
/ (stʊd) /

verb
the past tense and past participle of stand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with stood

stood

see should have stood in bed.

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