- 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.
withstand definition by Webster's New World
withstand definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb with·stood , with·stand·ing, with·stands verb, transitive
- To oppose with force or resolution.
- To be successful in resisting. See Synonyms at oppose.
Origin: Middle English withstanden, from Old English withstandan : with, against; see with + standan, to stand; see stand.