from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To rise from a lying or sitting position.
  • v. To bring something up and set it into a standing position.
  • v. To avoid a prearranged meeting, especially a date, with (a person) without prior notification; to jilt or shirk.
  • v. To last or endure over a period of time.
  • v. To continue to be believable, consistent, or plausible.
  • v. To stand immediately behind the wicket so as to catch balls from a slow or spin bowler, and to attempt to stump the batsman.
  • v. To launch, propel upwards

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.
  • v. defend against attack or criticism
  • v. put into an upright position
  • v. be standing; be upright
  • v. refuse to back down; remain solid under criticism or attack
  • v. rise up as in fear
  • v. rise to one's feet


Equivalent to stand + up. (Wiktionary)


  • Just as the phrase moral fiber refers to a person of upstanding character who can withstand temptation, the fiber in food helps our bodies stand up to disease.

    The Fiber35 Diet

  • Unfortunately, the Council continued to dither, fearful that if it actually tried to stand up to Eritrea, the whole of UNMEE might be shut down.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • Constance Talbot threw her arms around me before I could even stand up from my pew in the chapel.


  • The scandal was particularly devastating for this president because, Schlesinger continued, Ronald Reagan was elected to be strongto stand up to the nations enemies.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • It was so packed up in this bitch that we had to put up the chairs and let these hardheads stand up with their bodies pressed to the walls.

    Real wifeys

  • Like Winnie challenged her mother to stand up to Mrs. Landon, we need to do the same and then some.

    Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume

  • The woman smiled with relief when she saw Ready Robinson stand up to greet her.


  • Kissinger, who had admired the way Scowcroft once stood up to Haldeman, later recalled that he turned to the lieutenant general because he needed a strong person as my deputy, who would be willing to stand up to me if necessarynot every daybut to stand up for what he thought was right.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • Hunches and intuition were fine, as long as they led to concrete evidence that would stand up in court.


  • Prosecutors are attempting to gather evidence to stand up allegations that Ecclestone paid a $50m £31m bribe to Gerhard Gribkowsky, a former chief risk manager of the state-owned BayernLB bank, during the sale of a stake in the sport to the private equity firm CVC Capital Partners in 2006.

    Bernie Ecclestone to learn whether he will face corruption charges


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