Withstand Definition

wĭth-stănd, wĭth-
withstanding, withstands, withstood
withstanding, withstands, withstood
To resist or oppose with determined effort.
The soldiers withstood the attack.
American Heritage
To oppose, resist, or endure, esp. in a successful way.
Webster's New World
To be undamaged or unaffected by.
The house withstood the storm.
American Heritage
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.

Origin of Withstand

  • Middle English withstanden from Old English withstandan with against with standan to stand stand

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

  • Old English wiðstandan (wið "against" + standan "to stand")

    From Wiktionary


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