- To withstand is to be able to successfully cope with something or to be able to resist or remain unaffected by something.
When you are unaffected by 110 degree weather, this is an example of a time when you withstand harsh temperatures.
verbwith·stood , with·stand·ing, with·stands
- To resist or oppose with determined effort: The soldiers withstood the attack.
- To be undamaged or unaffected by: The house withstood the storm.
Origin of withstandMiddle English withstanden, from Old English withstandan : with, against; see with + standan, to stand; see stand.
(third-person singular simple present withstands, present participle withstanding, simple past and past participle withstood)
Old English wiðstandan (wið "against" + standan "to stand")