Definitions

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  • v. To stand against; resist, oppose; withstand.
  • v. To make or offer resistance.
  • n. Opposition; resistance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To withstand; to resist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To withstand; oppose; resist.
  • To make or offer resistance.

Etymologies

From Middle English gainstanden, corresponding to gain- +‎ stand. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now the Vizier marvelled at the greatness of these riches yet more than the Sultan, but envy was killing him and waxed on him more and more, when he saw that the Sultan was content with the bride-gift [435] and the dowry; withal he could not gainstand the

    Alaeddin and the Enchanted Lamp

  • Then to sell her compelled, my sorrow increased; * The parting was sore but I mote not gainstand:

    Arabian nights. English

  • Open the eyes of thine understanding and recollect thyself, wretch that thou art; give place to reason, curb thy carnal appetite, temper thine unhallowed desires and direct thy thoughts unto otherwhat; gainstand thy lust in this its beginning and conquer thyself, whilst it is yet time.

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • And although I was sundry times tempted, yet with a valiant mind (leaving the pitched snares) I always resisted; but because I being not strong enough, could no way resist that force whereunto Phoebus was unable to gainstand Cupid, having taken heart to bring me into the number of his thralls, was taken before I knew how.

    The Most Pleasant and Delectable Questions of Love

  • And if ever with all my might I vowed myself to seek to please you in aught, now more than ever shall I address myself thereto; for that I know none can with reason say otherwhat than that I and others who love you do according to nature, whose laws to seek to gainstand demandeth overgreat strength, and oftentimes not only in vain, but to the exceeding hurt of whoso striveth to that end, is this strength employed.

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

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