to stand or hold out against; resist or oppose, especially successfully: to withstand rust; to withstand the invaders; to withstand temptation.
to stand in opposition; resist.
- with·stand·er, noun
- with·stand·ing·ness, noun
- un·with·stand·ing, adjective
- un·with·stood, adjective
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How to use withstand in a sentence
Scientists are trying to determine how forests are responding and whether they can be rebuilt to withstand future fires and combat climate change.Severe wildfires in the West may already be altering the future of forests | Alison Snyder | September 10, 2020 | Axios
The building will withstand a 275-year earthquake event, as current safety codes require.Flaws and Assumptions Render 101 Ash St. Assessment Meaningless | Sandor Shapery | September 10, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The wide-bottomed pot can withstand temperatures up to 600°F from your oven or broiler, and it blends stainless steel with an aluminum core for truly even cooking free of hot spots.
Nord Stream 2, a nearly completed project that would pipe natural gas from Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany, has thus far withstood major diplomatic assaults from the United States.Trump has long wanted to kill a Russia-Germany natural gas pipeline. Navalny’s poisoning could do it for him | David Meyer | September 8, 2020 | Fortune
When a high-rise goes up, it is designed to withstand everything from gale-force winds to earthquakes and fires.COVID-19 and climate change expose the dangers of unstable supply chains | matthewheimer | August 27, 2020 | Fortune
People with ID may be less able to withstand this sort of interview technique.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities | Elizabeth Picciuto | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
How many of us could really withstand a similar side-by-side comparison of our face now with what it looked like a decade ago?Renee Zellweger’s Fine, But We Need Some Work: The Toxic Pursuit of ‘Effortless’ Beauty | Amanda Marcotte | October 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The gaming industry can withstand a critical look, but it can and must also withstand some diversity in its ranks.The Cake Is a Lie: Sexism Isn’t a Boss Gamer Girls Can Beat | Emily V Gordon | July 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He noted that none of the militaries of the former Soviet republics could withstand a full-scale Russian invasion.
Six months of the highest dose of chemotherapy his body could withstand and, after that, nothing but hope.
Were I a man, and had I your shape and face, there is no woman in the world should withstand me if I set my heart on her.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
It is easy to perceive that firm-set rock cliffs, with no beaches at their bases, can almost indefinitely withstand the assaults.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
Valmond was in the grasp of a giant, and, struggle as he might, he could not withstand the powerful arms of his assailant.When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete | Gilbert Parker
The amount of disturbance which the wreck would have to withstand would necessarily distress it, perhaps beyond its strength.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
He accomplished whatever he attempted—nothing could withstand his ant-like perseverance.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for withstand
(tr) to stand up to forcefully; resist
(intr) to remain firm in endurance or opposition
- withstander, noun
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