Withstand meaning

wĭth-stănd', wĭth-
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.

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To resist or oppose with determined effort.

The soldiers withstood the attack.

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To resist or endure successfully.
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To oppose, resist, or endure, esp. in a successful way.
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To be undamaged or unaffected by.

The house withstood the storm.

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To resist or endure (something) successfully.
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To oppose (something) forcefully.
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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