- 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.
Origin of withstand
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Examples from the Web for withstood
He was offered a job as literary editor of Commonweal, but “withstood the temptation.”A Plot Against Living: J.F. Powers’s ‘Suitable Accommodations’
D. G. Myers
August 20, 2013
The Christian Coalition has withstood similar attacks from groups like Freedomworks.The Tea Party's Corporate Ally
September 11, 2010
But he withstood my eight years in the White House, so we know how to make the most of our time.Hillary Deploys a Friend in the Fight for Women's Rights
March 12, 2010
When we arrived there on foot, I thought at first that the house had withstood the quake.
There was no room to budge but we were all anxious to get to the Provincial House and find out how it had withstood the quake.
He withstood the pain, and the boiling oil did not harm him.The Chinese Fairy Book
I withstood all that, but you don't give up at all and step by step you are overcoming my resolve.The Middle Class Gentleman
She had withstood attack from a German submarine for four hours.
Whatever the compulsion put upon her, she ought to have withstood it.The Manxman
Then he will settle his score with the nobles of Naples who have withstood him.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
- (tr) to stand up to forcefully; resist
- (intr) to remain firm in endurance or opposition
Word Origin and History for withstood
Old English wiðstandan, from wið "against" (see with) + standan "to stand" (see stand (v.)); perhaps a loan-translation of Latin resistere "to resist" (see resist). Cf. Old Norse viðstanda, Old Frisian withstonda, Old High German widarstan. In 14c. and early 15c., withsit was in use with the same meaning. Related: Withstood; withstanding.