American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To oppose with force or resolution.
- v. To be successful in resisting. See Synonyms at oppose.
- v. To resist or endure successfully.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stand against; oppose; resist, either with physical or with moral force: frequently with an implication of effectual resistance; resist or oppose suceessfully: as, to withstand the storm.
- Synonyms Resist, etc. (see oppose), confront, face.
- To make a stand; resist; show resistance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To stand against; to oppose; to resist, either with physical or moral force.
- v. resist or confront with resistance
- v. stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
- Old English wiðstandan (wið "against" + standan "to stand") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English withstanden, from Old English withstandan : with, against; see with + standan, to stand; see stand. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I throw my hat in with those I think will long term withstand the pressure.”
“However, one thing that hardly any government has been able to withstand is treachery within the government.”
“The lowest temperature that freeze tolerant species are able to withstand is about - 8°C.”
“We were very concerned in a lot of the sort of internal discussion, when we were advancing the Bill to the floor which revolved around what sort of response there would be to any type of mischief-making on the floor by the opponents of this legislation and, whether we could if there was an attempt to separate out gender identity and expression withstand an attempt to do that and keep the Bill intact.”
“Haha, way to "withstand" the GOP attacks Hillary, you already have one foot in the electoral grave from the Republicans 'standpoint.”
“However, since I have patiently explained the difference between the ability to recognise a challenge to the immune system and the ability to "withstand" that challenge a couple of times now, only for Mr Clifford to ignore what was said, he cannot use ignorance as an excuse.”
“Martin O'Neill is optimistic Aston Villa can "withstand" any offers this summer from the Barclays Premier League big guns for the club's group of talented young players.”
“U.S. enemies will train their operatives to "withstand" the techniques”
“Early generations of mixed drinks included the generic grog and anti-fogmatic better to withstand damp and foggy climatic conditions, but also specific cocktails such as the sherry cobbler, the stone fence, the racehorse, the sling flip, and the Virginia fancy.”
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