verb (used without object), stood, standing.
(of a person) to be in an upright position on the feet.
to rise to one’s feet (often followed by up).
to have a specified height when in this position:
a basketball player who stands six feet seven inches.
to stop or remain motionless or steady on the feet.
to take a position or place as indicated:
to stand aside.
to remain firm or steadfast, as in a cause.
to take up or maintain a position or attitude with respect to a person, issue, or the like:
to stand as sponsor for a person.
to have or adopt a certain policy, course, or attitude, as of adherence, support, opposition, or resistance:
He stands for free trade.
(of things) to be in an upright or vertical position, be set on end, or rest on or as on a support.
to be set, placed, fixed, located, or situated:
The building stands at 34th Street and 5th Avenue.
(of an account, score, etc.) to show, be, or remain as indicated; show the specified position of the parties concerned:
The score stood 18 to 14 at the half.
to remain erect or whole; resist change, decay, or destruction (often followed by up):
The ruins still stand. The old building stood up well.
to continue in force or remain valid:
The agreement stands as signed.
to remain still, stationary, or unused:
The bicycle stood in the basement all winter.
to be or become stagnant, as water.
(of persons or things) to be or remain in a specified state, condition, relation, relative position, etc.:
He stood in jeopardy of losing his license.
to have the possibility or likelihood:
He stands to gain a sizable profit through the sale of the house.
Chiefly British. to become or be a candidate, as for public office (usually followed by for).
to take or hold a particular course at sea.
to move in a certain direction:
to stand offshore.
(of a male domestic animal, especially a stud) to be available as a sire, usually for a fee:
Three Derby winners are now standing in Kentucky.
verb (used with object), stood, standing.
to cause to stand; set upright; set:
Stand the chair by the lamp.
to face or encounter:
to stand an assault.
to undergo or submit to:
to stand trial.
to endure or undergo without harm or damage or without giving way:
His eyes are strong enough to stand the glare.
to endure or tolerate:
She can’t stand her father.
to treat or pay for:
I’ll stand you to a drink when the manuscript is in.
to perform the duty of or participate in as part of one’s job or duty:
to stand watch aboard ship.
noun, plural stands for 28–49, stands or, esp. after a numeral, stand for 50.
the act of standing; an assuming of or a remaining in an upright position.
a cessation of motion; halt or stop.
a determined effort for or against something, especially a final defensive effort:
Custer’s last stand.
a determined policy, position, attitude, etc., taken or maintained:
We must take a stand on political issues.
the place in which a person or thing stands; station.
a raised platform, as for a speaker, a band, or the like.
stands, a raised section of seats for spectators; grandstand.
a framework on or in which articles are placed for support, exhibition, etc.:
a hat stand.
a piece of furniture of various forms, on or in which to put articles (often used in combination):
a nightstand; a washstand.
a small, light table.
a stall, booth, counter, or the like, where articles are displayed for sale or where some business is carried on:
a fruit stand.
The papers usually hit the stands at 5 a.m.
a site or location for business:
After 20 years the ice-cream vendor was still at the same stand.
a place or station occupied by vehicles available for hire:
a taxicab stand.
the vehicles occupying such a place.
the growing trees, or those of a particular species or grade, in a given area.
a standing growth, as of grass, wheat, etc.
a halt of a theatrical company on tour, to give a performance or performances:
a series of one-night stands on the strawhat trail.
the town at which a touring theatrical company gives a performance.
hive (def 2).
Metalworking. a rolling unit in a rolling mill.
Chiefly British. a complete set of arms or accoutrements for one soldier.
to uphold; support:
She stood by him whenever he was in trouble.
to adhere to (an agreement, promise, etc.); affirm:
She stood by her decision despite her sister’s arguments.
to stand ready; wait:
Please stand by while I fix this antenna.
to get ready to speak, act, etc., as at the beginning of a radio or television program.
to be ready to board a plane, train, or other transport if accommodations become available at the last minute.
Law. to leave the witness stand.
to step aside; withdraw, as from a competition:
I agreed to stand down so that she could run for the nomination unopposed.
to leave or take out of active work or service:
to stand down some of the ships in the fleet.
to represent; symbolize: P.S. stands for “postscript.”.
to advocate; favor:
He stands for both freedom and justice.
Informal. to tolerate; allow:
I won’t stand for any nonsense!
stand in with,
to be in association or conspiracy with.
to enjoy the favor of; be on friendly terms with.
to keep or stay at a distance.
to put off; evade.
to depend on; rest on:
The case stands on his testimony.
to be particular about; demand:
to stand on ceremony.
Nautical. to maintain a course and speed.
to project; protrude:
The piers stand out from the harbor wall.
to be conspicuous or prominent:
She stands out in a crowd.
to persist in opposition or resistance; be inflexible.
Nautical. to maintain a course away from shore.
to supervise very closely; watch constantly:
He won’t work unless someone stands over him.
to put aside temporarily; postpone:
to let a project stand over until the following year.
to continue to hold; persist in:
to stand to one’s statement.
to keep at steadily:
Stand to your rowing, men!
to wait in readiness; stand by:
Stand to for action.
to come to or remain in a standing position:
to stand up when being introduced.
to remain strong, convincing, or durable:
The case will never stand up in court. Wool stands up better than silk.
Slang. to fail to keep an appointment with (someone, especially a sweetheart or date):
I waited for Kim for an hour before I realized I’d been stood up.
stand up for,
to defend the cause of; support:
No one could understand why he stood up for an incorrigible criminal.
to serve a bridegroom or bride, as best man or maid (matron) of honor.
stand up to, to meet or deal with fearlessly; confront:
to stand up to a bully.
stand a chance / show, to have a chance or possibility, especially of winning or surviving:
He’s a good shortstop but doesn’t stand a chance of making the major leagues because he can’t hit.
stand pat. pat2 (def 6).
stand to reason. reason (def 18).
take the stand, to testify in a courtroom.
noun, plural standbys.
a staunch supporter or adherent; one who can be relied upon.
something upon which one can rely and therefore choose or use regularly.
something or someone held ready to serve as a substitute, especially a radio or television program used as a filler in case of cancellation of a regularly scheduled program.
a traveler who is waiting for last-minute accommodations to become available on a plane, train, or other transport as a result of a cancellation.
kept readily available for use in an emergency, shortage, or the like:
a standby player.
of or relating to last-minute accommodations, the transport that offers them, or a traveler who is waiting for them:
a standby flight.
of or relating to a waiting period.
on standby, in a state of readiness to act, respond, or be used immediately when needed.
verb (mainly intransitive) stands, standing, stood
(also transitive) to be or cause to be in an erect or upright position
to rise to, assume, or maintain an upright position
(copula) to have a specified height when standing: to stand six feet
to be situated or located: the house stands in the square
to be or exist in a specified state or condition: to stand in awe of someone
to adopt or remain in a resolute position or attitude
(may take an infinitive) to be in a specified position: I stand to lose money in this venture, he stands high in the president’s favour
to remain in force or continue in effect: whatever the difficulties, my orders stand
to come to a stop or halt, esp temporarily
(of water, etc) to collect and remain without flowing
(often foll by at) (of a score, account, etc) to indicate the specified position of the parties involved: the score stands at 20 to 1
(also transitive; when intr, foll by for) to tolerate or bear: I won’t stand for your nonsense any longer, I can’t stand spiders
(transitive) to resist; survive: to stand the test of time
(transitive) to submit to: to stand trial
(often foll by for) (mainly Brit) to be or become a candidate: will he stand for Parliament?
to navigate in a specified direction: we were standing for Madeira when the storm broke
(of a gun dog) to point at game
to halt, esp to give action, repel attack, or disrupt an enemy advance when retreating
(of a male domestic animal, esp a stallion) to be available as a stud
(also transitive) (printing) to keep (type that has been set) or (of such type) to be kept, for possible use in future printings
(transitive) (informal) to bear the cost of; pay for: to stand someone a drink
stand a chance, to have a hope or likelihood of winning, succeeding, etc
stand fast, to maintain one’s position firmly
stand one’s ground, to maintain a stance or position in the face of opposition
to remain motionless
(foll by for) (US) to tolerate: I won’t stand still for your threats
(Irish, informal) stand to someone, to be useful to someone: your knowledge of English will stand to you
the act or an instance of standing
an opinion, esp a resolutely held one: he took a stand on capital punishment
a halt or standstill
a place where a person or thing stands
(Austral & NZ)
a position on the floor of a shearing shed allocated to one shearer
the shearing equipment belonging to such a position
a structure, usually of wood, on which people can sit or stand
a frame or rack on which such articles as coats and hats may be hung
a small table or piece of furniture where articles may be placed or stored: a music stand
a supporting framework, esp for a tool or instrument
a stall, booth, or counter from which goods may be sold
an exhibition area in a trade fair
a halt to give action, etc, esp one taken during a retreat and having some duration or some success
(cricket) an extended period at the wicket by two batsmen
a growth of plants in a particular area, esp trees in a forest or a crop in a field
a stop made by a touring theatrical company, pop group, etc, to give a performance (esp in the phrase one-night stand)
(South African) a plot or site earmarked for the erection of a building
(of a gun dog) the act of pointing at game
a complete set, esp of arms or armour for one man
(military) the flags of a regiment
- Standby power
noun See energy vampire
- Standby time
noun the amount of time a battery can power a cellular telephone when calls are not being received or made; the maximum time a cellular telephone can remain in this mode, depending on its battery; also, this operational mode for any other kind of appliance
- Stand corrected
Agree that one was wrong, as in I stand corrected—we did go to Finland in 1985. This idiom was first recorded in John Dryden’s The Maiden Queen (1668): “I stand corrected, and myself reprove.”
noun 1. Military. a temporary cessation of offensive actions; cease-fire; truce: a stand-down for the Christmas holidays. 2. a work stoppage or layoff.