verb (used with object), with·stood, with·stand·ing.
verb (used without object), with·stood, with·stand·ing.
- without fail,
- without further ado,
- without question,
- without so much as,
Origin of withstand
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|DAILY BEAST
The Christian Coalition has withstood similar attacks from groups like Freedomworks.
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.
When we finally arrived at the Provincial House, we saw that it had withstood the quake.
But the drift of public opinion was too strong to be withstood.History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)|John Richard Green
The Southern masses attacked once more with frightful violence, and once more Thomas withstood them.The Rock of Chickamauga|Joseph A. Altsheler
This mutilated figure, which withstood the great fire of London, is still preserved in the crypt of the present cathedral.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)|Isaac Disraeli
If he withstood the King, went on the Kings ward, it was for his honour and for mine.By order of the company|Mary Johnston
The argument by which this course is withstood, goes upon a false assumption.
verb -stands, -standing or -stood
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.