from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To rise to an upright position on the feet.
  • intransitive v. To assume or maintain an upright position as specified: stand straight; stand to one side.
  • intransitive v. To maintain an upright position on the feet.
  • intransitive v. To maintain an upright or vertical position on a base or support: The urn stands on a pedestal.
  • intransitive v. To be placed or situated: The building stands at the corner.
  • intransitive v. To remain stable, upright, or intact: The old school still stands.
  • intransitive v. To remain valid, effective, or unaltered: The agreement stands.
  • intransitive v. To be or show a specified figure or amount: The balance stands at $500.
  • intransitive v. To measure a specified height when in an upright position: stands six feet tall.
  • intransitive v. To take up or maintain a specified position, altitude, or course: He stands on his earlier offer. We will stand firm.
  • intransitive v. To be in a position of possible gain or loss: She stands to make a fortune.
  • intransitive v. To be in a specified state or condition: I stand corrected. We stand in awe of the view.
  • intransitive v. To exist in a particular form: Send the message as it now stands.
  • intransitive v. To be at a specified level on or as if on a scale: stands third in her class; stands high in reputation.
  • intransitive v. To come to a stop; remain motionless.
  • intransitive v. To remain stationary or inactive: The car stood in the garage all winter.
  • intransitive v. To remain without flowing or being disturbed; be or become stagnant.
  • intransitive v. Nautical To take or hold a particular course or direction: a ship standing to windward.
  • intransitive v. To be available as a sire. Used of horses.
  • intransitive v. Chiefly British To be a candidate for public office.
  • transitive v. To cause to stand; place upright.
  • transitive v. To engage in or encounter: stand battle.
  • transitive v. To resist successfully; withstand: stand the test of time; will not stand close examination.
  • transitive v. To put up with patiently or resolutely; bear: can't stand the heat. See Synonyms at bear1.
  • transitive v. To submit to or undergo: stand trial.
  • transitive v. To tolerate and benefit from: I could stand a good night's sleep.
  • transitive v. To perform the duty of: stand guard.
  • transitive v. Informal To treat (someone) or pay the cost of (food or drink): She stood him to a drink. We'll stand dinner.
  • n. The act of standing.
  • n. A ceasing of work or activity; a standstill or halt.
  • n. A stop on a performance tour.
  • n. The place or station where a person stands.
  • n. A booth, stall, or counter for the display of goods for sale.
  • n. A parking space reserved for taxis.
  • n. A desperate or decisive effort at defense or resistance, as in a battle: made their stand at the river.
  • n. A position or opinion one is prepared to uphold: must take a stand on environmental issues.
  • n. The bleachers at a playing field or stadium.
  • n. Law A witness stand.
  • n. A small rack, prop, or table for holding any of various articles: a music stand; a bedside stand.
  • n. A group or growth of tall plants or trees: a stand of pine.
  • stand by To be ready or available to act.
  • stand by To wait for something, such as a broadcast, to resume.
  • stand by To remain uninvolved; refrain from acting: stood by and let him get away.
  • stand by To remain loyal to; aid or support: stands by her friends.
  • stand by To keep or maintain: stood by her decision.
  • stand down Law To leave a witness stand.
  • stand down To withdraw, as from a political contest.
  • stand down To end a state of readiness or alert.
  • stand down To go off duty.
  • stand for To represent; symbolize.
  • stand for To advocate or support: stands for freedom of the press.
  • stand for To put up with; tolerate: We will not stand for impertinent behavior.
  • stand in To act as a stand-in.
  • stand off To stay at a distance; remain apart or aloof.
  • stand off To put off; evade.
  • stand off Nautical To maintain a course away from shore.
  • stand on To be based on; depend on: The success of the project stands on management's support of it.
  • stand on To insist on observance of: stand on ceremony; stand on one's rights.
  • stand out To protrude; project.
  • stand out To be conspicuous, distinctive, or prominent.
  • stand out To refuse compliance or maintain opposition; hold out: stand out against a verdict.
  • stand out Nautical To maintain a course away from shore.
  • stand over To watch or supervise closely.
  • stand over To hold over; postpone.
  • stand to To take up positions for action.
  • stand up To remain valid, sound, or durable: His claim will not stand up in court. Our old car has stood up well over time.
  • stand up Informal To fail to keep a date with.
  • idiom stand a chance To have a chance, as of gaining or accomplishing something.
  • idiom stand (one's) ground To maintain one's position against an attack.
  • idiom stand (one's) ground To refuse to compromise; be unyielding.
  • idiom own To be independent and responsible for oneself.
  • idiom stand pat To oppose or resist change.
  • idiom stand pat Games To play one's poker hand without drawing more cards.
  • idiom stand to reason To be consistent with reason: It stands to reason that if we leave late, we will arrive late.
  • idiom stand up for To side with; defend.
  • idiom stand up for To stand up with.
  • idiom stand up to To confront fearlessly; face up to.
  • idiom stand up with To act as best man or maid of honor for (the groom or bride) at a wedding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To support oneself on the feet in an erect position.
  • v. To rise to one’s feet; to stand up.
  • v. To remain motionless.
  • v. To be positioned to gain or lose.
  • v. To act as an umpire.
  • v. To undergo; withstand; hold up.
  • v. To tolerate.
  • v. To be placed in an upright or vertical orientation.
  • v. To place in an upright or standing position.
  • v. To seek election.
  • v. Of a ship or its captain, to steer, sail (in a specified direction, for a specified destination etc.).
  • v. to be valid.
  • n. A defensive position or effort.
  • n. A resolute, unwavering position; firm opinion; action for a purpose in the face of opposition.
  • n. A period of performance in a given location or venue.
  • n. A device to hold something upright or aloft.
  • n. The platform on which a witness testifies in court; the witness stand or witness box.
  • n. A particular grove or other group of trees or shrubs.
  • n. A contiguous group of trees sufficiently uniform in age-class distribution, composition, and structure, and growing on a site of sufficiently uniform quality, to be a distinguishable unit.
  • n. A standstill, a motionless state, as of someone confused, or a hunting dog who has found game.
  • n. A small building, booth, or stage, as in a bandstand or hamburger stand.
  • n. A designated spot where someone or something may stand or wait: taxi stand.
  • n. grandstand (often in plural)
  • n. A partnership.
  • n. A single set, as of arms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of standing.
  • n. A halt or stop for the purpose of defense, resistance, or opposition.
  • n. A place or post where one stands; a place where one may stand while observing or waiting for something.
  • n. A station in a city or town where carriages or wagons stand for hire.
  • n. A raised platform or station where a race or other outdoor spectacle may be viewed.
  • n. A small table; also, something on or in which anything may be laid, hung, or placed upright.
  • n. The place where a witness stands to testify in court.
  • n. The situation of a shop, store, hotel, etc..
  • n. Rank; post; station; standing.
  • n. A state of perplexity or embarrassment.
  • n. A young tree, usually reserved when other trees are cut; also, a tree growing or standing upon its own root, in distinction from one produced from a scion set in a stock, either of the same or another kind of tree.
  • n. A weight of from two hundred and fifty to three hundred pounds, -- used in weighing pitch.
  • intransitive v. To be at rest in an erect position; to be fixed in an upright or firm position.
  • intransitive v. To be supported on the feet, in an erect or nearly erect position; -- opposed to lie, sit, kneel, etc.
  • intransitive v. To continue upright in a certain locality, as a tree fixed by the roots, or a building resting on its foundation.
  • intransitive v. To occupy or hold a place; to have a situation; to be situated or located.
  • intransitive v. To cease from progress; not to proceed; to stop; to pause; to halt; to remain stationary.
  • intransitive v. To remain without ruin or injury; to hold good against tendencies to impair or injure; to be permanent; to endure; to last; hence, to find endurance, strength, or resources.
  • intransitive v. To maintain one's ground; to be acquitted; not to fail or yield; to be safe.
  • intransitive v. To maintain an invincible or permanent attitude; to be fixed, steady, or firm; to take a position in resistance or opposition.
  • intransitive v. To adhere to fixed principles; to maintain moral rectitude; to keep from falling into error or vice.
  • intransitive v. To have or maintain a position, order, or rank; to be in a particular relation.
  • intransitive v. To be in some particular state; to have essence or being; to be; to consist.
  • intransitive v. To be consistent; to agree; to accord.
  • intransitive v. To hold a course at sea.
  • intransitive v. To offer one's self, or to be offered, as a candidate.
  • intransitive v. To stagnate; not to flow; to be motionless.
  • intransitive v. To measure when erect on the feet.
  • intransitive v.
  • intransitive v. To be or remain as it is; to continue in force; to have efficacy or validity; to abide.
  • intransitive v. To appear in court.
  • intransitive v. To be, or signify that one is, willing to play with one's hand as dealt.
  • transitive v. To endure; to sustain; to bear.
  • transitive v. To resist, without yielding or receding; to withstand.
  • transitive v. To abide by; to submit to; to suffer.
  • transitive v. To set upright; to cause to stand.
  • transitive v. To be at the expense of; to pay for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be upright; be set upright; take or maintain an upright position.
  • To be set on end; be or become erect or upright.
  • To stop moving; come to or be at a standstill; halt; alight; more generally, to cease action of any kind; be or become motionless, inactive, or idle; be or become stagnant.
  • Specifically, in hunting, to point: said of dogs. See pointer, setter.
  • To rest as on a support; be upheld or sustained, literally or figuratively; depend: followed by on, upon, or rarely by.
  • To be placed; be situated; lie.
  • To continue in place; maintain one's position or ground; hold one's own; avoid falling, failing, or retreating.
  • To continue in being; resist change, decay, or destruction; endure; last.
  • To continue in force; remain valid; hold good.
  • To take a particular attitude with respect to others or to some general question; adopt a certain course, as of adherence, support, opposition, or resistance; take sides; specifically, to make a stand.
  • To become a candidate for office or dignity: usually with for.
  • To continue in a specified state, frame of mind, train of thought, course of action or argument, etc.; keep on; persevere; persist.
  • To be pertinacious or obstinate; be insistent or punctilious; hence, to be overexacting: generally followed by on or upon, rarely by in or with. Compare to stand upon .
  • To hold back; scruple; hesitate; demur.
  • To be placed relatively to other things; have a particular place as regards class, order, rank, or relations.
  • To be at a certain degree, as in a scale of measurement or valuation: as, the mercury (or the thermometer) stands at 80°.
  • To have a specified height when standing.
  • To be in a particular position of affairs; be in a particular state or condition: often in the sense of be, as a mere copula or auxiliary verb: as, to stand prepared; to stand in awe of a person; to stand one's friend.
  • To occupy the place of another; be a representative, equivalent, or symbol: followed by for.
  • To consist; be comprised or inherent: with in.
  • To be consistent; be in accordance; agree: followed by with, except in the phrases to stand to reason and to stand together.
  • With an implication of motion (from or to a certain point) contained in an accompanying adverb or preposition, to step, move, advance, retire, come or go, in a manner specified: noting actual motion, or rest after motion: as, to stand back; to stand aside; to stand off; to stand out.
  • Specifically (nautical), to hold a course at sea; sail; steer: said of a ship or its crew: followed by an adverb or preposition of direction.
  • To put up with something; forbear.
  • To adhere to; abide by; maintain: as, to stand by an agreement or a promise.
  • Nautical, to take hold or be ready to take hold of, or to act in regard to: as, to stand by a halyard; to stand by the anchor.
  • [By, adv.] To make ready; stand in a position of readiness to seize upon something; be ready to perform some act when a subsequent command or signal is given: used principally in the imperative, as a word of command. Originally a nautical term, it has come to be used quite commonly in its original sense.
  • To be associated; make terms: as, to stand in with the politicians; the police stand in with them for the profits.
  • To stand out; show.
  • Nautical, to continue on the same course or tack.
  • To project, or seem to project; be prominent or in relief; show conspicuously. See def. 21.
  • [To, prep.] To stand by; sustain; help.
  • To adhere to; abide by; uphold.
  • To await and submit to; take the chance or risk of; abide.
  • To take to; have recourse to; keep to; apply one's self to resolutely.
  • To persist, as in an opinion; maintain.
  • To be dependent or contingent upon; hinge upon.
  • To concern; affect; involve.
  • To dwell on; linger over, as a subject of thought.
  • To insist upon; make much of; hence, to pride one's self upon; presume upon.
  • To be incumbent upon: in the form to stand one upon.
  • To act as groomsman or bridesmaid to: as, I stood up with him at his wedding.
  • To cause to stand; specifically, to set upright.
  • To abide by; keep to; be true to.
  • To undergo; endure; bear; more loosely, to endure without succumbing or complaining; tolerate; put up with; be resigned to; be equal to.
  • To await and submit to; abide: as, to stand trial.
  • To withstand; resist; oppose; confront.
  • To be important or advantageous to; be incumbent upon; behoove.
  • To be at the expense of; pay for: as, to stand treat.
  • To persist; insist; maintain; contend.
  • n. The act of standing.
  • n. The act of taking a decided attitude, as in aid or resistance; a determined effort for or against something; specifically, military, a halt for the purpose of checking the advance of an enemy.
  • n. A state of rest or inaction; a standstill; hence, a state of hesitation, embarrassment, or perplexity.
  • n. The place where a person or an object stands; a position, site, or station; a post or place.
  • n. Specifically— The place where a witness stands to testify in court.
  • n. A rostrum; a pulpit.
  • n. A stall in a stable.
  • n. Comparative position; standing, as in a scale of measurement; rank.
  • n. A table, set of shelves, or the like, upon which articles may be placed for safety or exhibition; also, a platform on which persons may place themselves.
  • n. A stall for the sale of goods; any erection or station where business is carried on: as, a fruit-stand; a news-stand; a carriage-stand.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English standen, from Old English standan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English standen, from Old English standan ("to stand, occupy a place, be valid, stand good, be, exist, take place, consist, be fixed, remain undisturbed, stand still, cease to move, remain without motion, stop, maintain one’s position, not yield to pressure, reside, abide, continue, remain, not to fall, be upheld"), from Proto-Germanic *standanan (“to stand”) (compare Old Frisian standa, Old Saxon standan, Old High German stantan, Old Norse standa, Gothic  (standan)), derived from Proto-Germanic *stānan (“to stand”) (compare West Frisian stean, Dutch staan, German stehen, Danish/Norwegian stå), from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂- (compare Irish seas, Latin stare, Lithuanian stóti, Old Church Slavonic стояти (stojati), Albanian shtoj ("to increase"), Ancient Greek ἵστημι (hístēmi, "to put"), Avestan  (hištaiti), Sanskrit तिष्ठति (tiṣṭhati)). Cognate with Scots stand ("to stand"), West Frisian stean ("to stand"), North Frisian stean ("to stand"), German dialectal standen ("to stand"), Swedish stånda ("to stand"), Norwegian standa ("to stand"), Faroese standa ("to stand"), Icelandic standa ("to stand"), Russian стоять ("to stand").


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