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 resist or endure (something) successfully.


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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