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
While others are going on strolls to enjoy the crisp air or playing in the snow, these folks just don’t seem to be built to withstand low temperatures.The hottest gifts to buy for the friend who’s always cold | Sandra Gutierrez G. | November 20, 2020 | Popular-Science
We needed the governor to step up and empower ISBE to withstand this pressure.New Data Shows the Use of Seclusion and Restraint Increased in Illinois Schools During the 2017–18 School Year | by Jennifer Smith Richards, Chicago Tribune, and Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica | November 17, 2020 | ProPublica
Since then, the company has bolstered parts of the Dragon’s heat shield, made adjustments so that the landing parachutes deploy at a slightly higher altitude and reinforced some areas of the capsule so it can withstand rougher seas.SpaceX, NASA plan second commercial taxi to the space station this weekend | Verne Kopytoff | November 13, 2020 | Fortune
Sensors can also help monitor the quality of concrete and whether it is robust enough to withstand traffic flow and corrosion after a roadway is opened.Smart Concrete Could Pave the Way for High-Tech, Cost-Effective Roads | Luna Lu | November 13, 2020 | Singularity Hub
The fact that they seem able to withstand microgravity suggests these microbes could be a potentially cheap way to extract resources to make life in space more sustainable—and enable lengthy journeys and settlements on distant worlds.Microbes could be used to extract metals and minerals from space rocks | Neel Patel | November 10, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
But withstanding political pressure is going to be the least of your problems.Why Not Make Social Security Benefits Even More Generous | Megan McArdle | March 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Your bold brand of charisma not withstanding, staid types might see outsized expressions of your personality as character defects.
Now nuclear power-station designs and safety systems are capable of withstanding much more serious accidents [than Chernobyl].
But business and branding aside, the event seemed to be a familiar gathering, cocktail dresses not withstanding.
Fire-bricks, withstanding great heat, used in connexion with furnaces.
I saw clearly, not withstanding the defective spelling, that it was a question of something serious and authorized.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
I immediately returned to my rooms and made everything as secure as I could for withstanding the fury of the storm.Recollections of Calcutta for over Half a Century | Montague Massey
The wind, which was blowing in violent gusts, added to the difficulty of withstanding the force of the current and waves.A Chapter of Adventures | G. A. Henty
The Bee is capable of withstanding her adversary; she can then and there slay her would-be slayer with a thrust of the sting.More Hunting Wasps | J. Henri Fabre
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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