from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To oppose with force or resolution.
- transitive v. To be successful in resisting. See Synonyms at oppose.
- intransitive v. To resist or endure successfully.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To resist or endure (something) successfully.
- v. To oppose (something) forcefully.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To stand against; to oppose; to resist, either with physical or moral force.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. resist or confront with resistance
- v. stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
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)
Old English wiðstandan (wið "against" + standan "to stand") (Wiktionary)