Stand definition

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To be at a specified level on a scale or in an amount.

Stands third in her class; stands high in reputation.

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To be in a position of possible gain or loss.

She stands to make a fortune.

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To remain without flowing or being disturbed; be or become stagnant.
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A booth, stall, or counter for the display of goods for sale.
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To be available as a sire. Used of horses.
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(chiefly british) To be a candidate for public office.
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To rise to an upright position on the feet.
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A parking space reserved for taxis.
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To take up or maintain a specified position, altitude, or course.

He stands on his earlier offer. We will stand firm.

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A ceasing of work or activity; a standstill or halt.
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A stop on a performance tour.
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The definition of a stand is a position or opinion on something, often done in a determined way.

An example of stand is the opinion of an abortion protester.

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Stand is defined as to be in an upright position.

An example of stand is to get up out of bed in the morning with one's feet on the floor.

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To assume or maintain an upright position as specified.

Stand straight; stand to one side.

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To maintain an upright position on the feet.
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To maintain an upright or vertical position on a base or support.

The urn stands on a pedestal.

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To be placed or situated.

The building stands at the corner.

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To remain stable, upright, or intact.

The old school still stands.

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To remain valid, effective, or unaltered.

The agreement stands.

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To be in a specified state or condition.

I stand corrected. We stand in awe of the view.

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To exist in a particular form.

Send the message as it now stands.

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To come to a stop; remain motionless.
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To remain stationary or inactive.

The car stood in the garage all winter.

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To cause to stand; place upright.
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To engage in or encounter.

Stand battle.

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To submit to or undergo.

Stand trial.

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To tolerate and benefit from.

I could stand a good night's sleep.

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To perform the duty of.

Stand guard.

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(informal) To treat (someone) or pay the cost of (food or drink).

She stood him to a drink. We'll stand dinner.

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To resist successfully; withstand.

Stand the test of time; will not stand close examination.

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To put up with patiently or resolutely; bear.

Can't stand the heat.

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The act of standing.
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A desperate or decisive effort at defense or resistance, as in a battle.

Made their stand at the river.

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A position or opinion one is prepared to uphold.

Must take a stand on environmental issues.

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Rows of wooden or metal benches placed one above another for people watching a sports event or a performance.
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(law) A witness stand.
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A small rack, prop, or table for holding any of various articles.

A music stand; a bedside stand.

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A group or growth of tall plants or trees.

A stand of pine.

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To rise to an upright position, as from a sitting, lying, or crouching position.
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To have a (specified) height when standing.

He stands six feet.

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To gather and remain.

Sweat stood on his brow.

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To be of a (specified) rank, degree, or the like.

To stand first in one's class.

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To maintain one's opinion, viewpoint, adherence, etc.; remain resolute or firm.
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To make resistance, as to hostile action.
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To show the (specified) relative position of those involved.

The score stands at 28 to 20

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To be available for breeding.
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(chiefly brit.) To be a candidate, as for an office; run.
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(naut.) To take or hold a course.

A ship standing out of the harbor.

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(printing) To remain set.
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To be or remain in a generally upright position, supported on the feet (or foot)
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To be or remain in an upright position, supported on its base, bottom, pedestal, etc.
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To grow upright or erect.
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To take, move into, or be in a (specified) upright position.

Stand straight!

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To take, maintain, or be in a (specified) position, attitude, or course, as of support, antagonism, responsibility, sponsorship, etc.

To stand opposed to an act.

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To be placed; be situated.
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To remain where situated, built, etc.
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To remain unchanged, intact, effective, or valid.

The law still stands.

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To be or remain in a printed or written form.
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To come to a stop; halt.
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To be or remain stationary.
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To make stand; set or place upright.
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To go on enduring; put up with; bear; tolerate.

To stand pain.

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To remain uninjured or unaffected by; withstand.

Stood the trip quite well.

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To be subjected to; undergo.

To stand trial.

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To do the duty of.

To stand watch.

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(mil.) To stand in formation at (reveille, retreat, etc.)
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To bear the cost of (a dinner, etc.) as when treating.
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To treat (a person) to food, drink, etc.
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The act or position of standing (in various senses); esp., a stopping; halt or stop.
  • A stopping to counterattack, resist, etc., as in a retreat.
  • A halt made by a touring theatrical company to give a performance; also, the place stopped at.
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The place where a person stands or is supposed to stand; position; station.

To take one's stand at the rear.

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A view, opinion, or position, as on an issue.

To make one's stand clear.

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A structure for a person or persons to stand or sit on, or to stand at.
  • A raised platform, as for a band or for spectators along a parade route.
  • A set of steplike tiers of benches, as for the spectators at a ballgame.
  • The place where a witness testifies in a courtroom.
  • A lectern, pulpit, reading desk, etc.
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A place of business.
  • A booth, stall, etc. where goods are sold.
  • A parking space along the side of a street, reserved as for taxicabs.
  • A business site or location.
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A rack, small table, etc. for holding something.

A music stand.

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A growth of trees or plants.
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(now dial.) A group, set, etc.
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To position or be positioned physically.
  • (intransitive) To support oneself on the feet in an erect position.
    Here I stand, wondering what to do next.
  • (intransitive) To rise to one’s feet; to stand up.
    Stand up, walk to the refrigerator, and get your own snack.
  • (intransitive) To remain motionless.
    Do not leave your car standing in the road.
  • (intransitive) To be placed in an upright or vertical orientation.
  • To place in an upright or standing position.
    He stood the broom in a corner and took a break.
  • (intransitive) To occupy or hold a place; to be situated or located.
    Paris stands on the Seine.
  • (intransitive) To measure when erect on the feet.
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To position or be positioned mentally.
  • (intransitive, followed by to + infinitive`) To be positioned to gain or lose.
    He stands to get a good price for the house.
  • (negative) To tolerate.
    I can’t stand when people don’t read the instructions. I can’t stand him.
  • (intransitive) To maintain one's ground; to be acquitted; not to fail or yield; to be safe.
  • (intransitive) To maintain an invincible or permanent attitude; to be fixed, steady, or firm; to take a position in resistance or opposition.
  • John Dryden (1631-1700)
    Accomplish what your signs foreshow; / I stand resigned, and am prepared to go.
  • Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
    Thou seest how it stands with me, and that I may not tarry.
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To position or be positioned socially.
  • (intransitive, cricket) To act as an umpire.
  • The works of Shakespeare have stood the test of time.
  • (intransitive, UK) To seek election.
    He is standing for election to the local council.
  • (intransitive) To be valid.
    What I said yesterday still stands.
  • To oppose, usually as a team, in competition.
  • To cover the expense of; to pay for.
    To stand a treat.
  • (intransitive) To have or maintain a position, order, or rank; to be in a particular relation.
    Christian charity, or love, stands first in the rank of gifts.
  • (intransitive) To be consistent; to agree; to accord.
  • (intransitive) To appear in court.
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(intransitive, nautical) Of a ship or its captain, to steer, sail (in a specified direction, for a specified destination etc.).
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(intransitive) To remain without ruin or injury.
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The act of standing.
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A defensive position or effort.
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A resolute, unwavering position; firm opinion; action for a purpose in the face of opposition.

They took a firm stand against copyright infringement.

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A period of performance in a given location or venue.

They have a four-game stand at home against the Yankees.

They spent the summer touring giving 4 one-night stands a week.

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A device to hold something upright or aloft.

He set the music upon the stand and began to play.

An umbrella stand; a hat-stand.

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The platform on which a witness testifies in court; the witness stand or witness box.

She took the stand and quietly answered questions.

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A particular grove or other group of trees or shrubs.

This stand of pines is older than the one next to it.

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(forestry) A contiguous group of trees sufficiently uniform in age-class distribution, composition, and structure, and growing on a site of sufficiently uniform quality, to be a distinguishable unit.
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A standstill, a motionless state, as of someone confused, or a hunting dog who has found game.
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A small building, booth, or stage, as in a bandstand or hamburger stand.
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A designated spot where someone or something may stand or wait.
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(US, dated) The situation of a shop, store, hotel, etc.

A good, bad, or convenient stand for business.

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(sports) Grandstand (often in plural)
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(cricket) A partnership.
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(military, plural often stand) A single set, as of arms.
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(dated) A state of perplexity or embarrassment.

To be at a stand what to do.

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A young tree, usually reserved when other trees are cut; also, a tree growing or standing upon its own root, in distinction from one produced from a scion set in a stock, either of the same or another kind of tree.
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To be or show a specified figure or amount.

The balance stands at $500.

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To measure a specified height when in an upright position.

Stands six feet tall.

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(nautical) To take or hold a particular course or direction.

A ship standing to windward.

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The place or station where a person stands.
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To be in a (specified) condition, relation, or circumstance.

They stood in awe; he stands to lose ten dollars.

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stand a chance
  • To have a chance, as of gaining or accomplishing something.
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stand (one's) ground
  • To maintain one's position against an attack.
  • To refuse to compromise; be unyielding.
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stand on (one's) head
  • To make numerous sprawling or dramatic saves. Used of a goalie.
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stand on (one's) own
  • To be independent and responsible for oneself.
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stand pat
  • To oppose or resist change.
  • To play one's poker hand without drawing more cards.
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stand to reason
  • To be consistent with reason:
    It stands to reason that if we leave late, we will arrive late.
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stand up for
  • To side with; defend.
  • To stand up with.
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stand up to
  • To confront fearlessly; face up to.
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stand up with
  • To act as best man or maid of honor for (the groom or bride) at a wedding.
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it stands to reason
  • it is logical or reasonable
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make a stand
  • to take a position for defense or opposition
  • to support a definite position, opinion, etc.
  • to come to a stop
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stand a chance
  • to have a chance (of winning, surviving, etc.)
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stand by
  • to aid or support
  • to be near or present, esp. in a passive manner or as a mere onlooker
  • to remain tuned in, as for continuance of a program, or to remain ready to transmit without actually doing so
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stand down
  • to leave the witness stand, as after testifying
  • to withdraw from a post, position, confrontation, etc.
  • to withdraw one's candidacy for a public office
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stand for
  • to be a symbol for or sign of; represent; mean
  • to put up with; endure; tolerate
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stand in
  • to be on good terms; be friendly
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stand in for
  • to substitute for
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stand off
  • to keep at a distance
  • to put off, stave off, or evade (a creditor or assailant)
  • to take or hold a course away from shore
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stand on
  • to be based or founded upon; depend on
  • to insist upon; demand due observance of (ceremony, one's dignity or rights, etc.)
  • to hold the same course or tack
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stand out
  • to stick out; project
  • to show up clearly; be distinct in appearance
  • to be prominent, notable, or outstanding; have distinction
  • to refuse to give in; be firm in resistance
  • to take or hold a course away from shore
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stand over
  • to hover over (someone)
  • to postpone or be postponed; hold over
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stand up
  • to rise to or be in a standing position
  • to prove valid, satisfactory, durable, etc.
  • to fail to keep an engagement with
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stand up for
  • to take the side of; defend
  • to serve as a ceremonial advocate or supporter, as in a wedding
    The best man stands up for the groom.
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stand up to
  • to confront fearlessly; refuse to be cowed or intimidated by
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stand up with
  • to act as a wedding attendant to
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take the stand
  • to sit (or stand) in the designated place in a courtroom and give testimony
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
stand
Plural:
stands

Origin of stand

  • Middle English standen from Old English standan stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English standen, from Old English standan (“to stand, occupy a place, be valid, stand good, be, exist, take place, consist, be fixed, remain undisturbed, stand still, cease to move, remain without motion, stop, maintain one’s position, not yield to pressure, reside, abide, continue, remain, not to fall, be upheld”), from Proto-Germanic *standaną (“to stand”).

    From Wiktionary