verb stood stood (sto͝od)
, stands verb, intransitive
a. To rise to an upright position on the feet.
b. To assume or maintain an upright position as specified: stand straight; stand to one side.
a. To maintain an upright position on the feet.
b. To maintain an upright or vertical position on a base or support: The urn stands on a pedestal.
c. To be placed or situated: The building stands at the corner.
a. To remain stable, upright, or intact: The old school still stands.
b. To remain valid, effective, or unaltered: The agreement stands.
- To be or show a specified figure or amount: The balance stands at $500.
- To measure a specified height when in an upright position: stands six feet tall.
- To take up or maintain a specified position, altitude, or course: He stands on his earlier offer. We will stand firm.
- To be in a position of possible gain or loss: She stands to make a fortune.
a. To be in a specified state or condition: I stand corrected. We stand in awe of the view.
b. To exist in a particular form: Send the message as it now stands.
- To be at a specified level on or as if on a scale: stands third in her class; stands high in reputation.
a. To come to a stop; remain motionless.
b. To remain stationary or inactive: The car stood in the garage all winter.
- To remain without flowing or being disturbed; be or become stagnant.
- Nautical To take or hold a particular course or direction: a ship standing to windward.
- To be available as a sire. Used of horses.
- Chiefly British To be a candidate for public office.
- To cause to stand; place upright.
- To engage in or encounter: stand battle.
a. To resist successfully; withstand: stand the test of time; will not stand close examination.
To put up with patiently or resolutely; bear: can't stand the heat.
See Synonyms at bear1
- To submit to or undergo: stand trial.
- To tolerate and benefit from: I could stand a good night's sleep.
- To perform the duty of: stand guard.
- Informal To treat (someone) or pay the cost of (food or drink): She stood him to a drink. We'll stand dinner.
Phrasal Verbs: stand by
- The act of standing.
- A ceasing of work or activity; a standstill or halt.
- A stop on a performance tour.
- The place or station where a person stands.
- A booth, stall, or counter for the display of goods for sale.
- A parking space reserved for taxis.
- A desperate or decisive effort at defense or resistance, as in a battle: made their stand at the river.
- A position or opinion one is prepared to uphold: must take a stand on environmental issues.
- stands The bleachers at a playing field or stadium.
- Law A witness stand.
- A small rack, prop, or table for holding any of various articles: a music stand; a bedside stand.
- A group or growth of tall plants or trees: a stand of pine.
To be ready or available to act. To wait for something, such as a broadcast, to resume. To remain uninvolved; refrain from acting: stood by and let him get away.
To remain loyal to; aid or support: stands by her friends.
To keep or maintain: stood by her decision. stand down Law
To leave a witness stand. To withdraw, as from a political contest. To end a state of readiness or alert. To go off duty. stand for
To represent; symbolize. To advocate or support: stands for freedom of the press.
To put up with; tolerate: We will not stand for impertinent behavior. stand in
To act as a stand-in. stand off
To stay at a distance; remain apart or aloof. To put off; evade. Nautical
To maintain a course away from shore. stand on
To be based on; depend on: The success of the project stands on management's support of it.
To insist on observance of: stand on ceremony; stand on one's rights. stand out
To protrude; project. To be conspicuous, distinctive, or prominent. To refuse compliance or maintain opposition; hold out: stand out against a verdict. Nautical
To maintain a course away from shore. stand over
To watch or supervise closely. To hold over; postpone. stand to
To take up positions for action. stand up
To remain valid, sound, or durable: His claim will not stand up in court. Our old car has stood up well over time. Informal
To fail to keep a date with.
Origin: Middle English standen
Origin: , from Old English standan; see stā- in Indo-European roots