Definition of stand in English:
verb (pastand past participle stoodsto͝od)
- There I was, standing up near the stage waiting for the concert to start, and two girls came and stood next to me.
- And then, in the pouring rain, a half-dozen supporters stood around waiting for the media to show up.
- A little boy stood alone in the middle of the floor.
- The Ambassador stood up and gestured to his secretary who also stood.
- Fred laughed wildly as he stood up.
- Gornyo stood up and sort of shuffled over to stand next to Kya.
- He walked up to the door of the house, opened it, and stood aside for the others to enter first.
- Alison stood aside and let him in.
- Please stand aside so I can serve the next guest.
- When starting to use this type of corkscrew, it is best to stand the bottle on the table.
- An easy way to steam asparagus if you don't have a proper steamer is to tie the stalks together with string, stand them upright in a pan and cover with a loose foil dome.
- Put it on your kitchen draining board with one end trailing into a water-filled sink and stand your plants upon it.
- I gazed at the wine red brick buildings standing upon the hills, towering overhead.
- The problem was that the sand dunes feeding the ocean were the same dunes on which buildings now stood.
- The new building stands behind the Grade II listed original hospital that will be used for administration.
- The walls of the structure were still standing, but not very stable.
- Not a recognizable building remained standing, although one could quite easily be buried.
- Often a reader is not told if a given structure is still standing or who a particular person or family was.
- Sir Donald Bradman's records still stand, especially his unsurpassed total of 5,028 runs in Ashes contests.
- Four of her UK records still stand more than 20 years since she retired.
- He finally makes it to Bonneville and sets a world speed record that stands even today.
- We found a bus standing behind the Vatican in the shade that we hoped would take us to the central station.
- Someone had noticed his car standing outside the village when we arrived, so we knew that he must be somewhere about the place.
- Television footage showed buses standing near the plane, and later taking the people away.
- It doesn't have any water standing there now, because most of the time it's dry at the surface.
- Bottomland forest grows where the elevation is slightly higher and water stands only some of the time.
- But first consider what is happening, and why the water is standing where it is.
- Let the cake stand a few hours, preferably overnight to cool before unmoulding.
- Turn down the heat and simmer gently for five minutes, then remove from the heat and allow to stand and infuse for at least 30 minutes.
- Leave the meat to stand in a warm place covered with foil.
- The large ship had stood away as its smaller companions charged in to attack.
- The ship was standing out to sea from Southampton.
- The wind had been westerly since the preceding noon, and at the time we saw the land, the ship was standing to the NW.
- It had stood empty for half a year, an almost new place, with parking, owned by a diplomat posted overseas.
- Pontins closed as a holiday camp 10 years ago and has stood empty and deteriorating ever since.
- Why shut it down so long ago if it was just going to stand empty?
- I think it's done nothing to clarify where they stand specifically on the issues.
- Where do you stand on this issue?
- How one defines a clone seems to depend on to which side of the issue one stands.
- He stands around the average height for a boy his age and a little above the average weight.
- He stood about the same height as Ben, maybe an inch shorter, and was dressed in black track shorts and a black tee.
- The biggest stone in the cove stood twice the height of a man and must have weighed several tens of tons.
- Although crime stands at a low level in the district, pockets of unacceptable behaviour are springing up.
- It now stands at 5.07 million and is forecast to fall below five million by the end of the decade.
- The number of the infected in the region was reported to stand at between one and two million.
- All members of the community stand to benefit by creating a thriving rural environment.
- Look how much we stand to win!
- He stood to gain millions through his law firm.
- In modern warfare a small tank unit may be positioned to protect and stand post for other tank units while the crews sleep or prepare for renewed fighting.
- The third, who had stood watch, rested on the outer edge of the camp; he had just nodded off.
- Plainclothes security men stand guard in the dust-caked street outside.
- The last major stakes winner to stand at stud then return to the racetrack for competition was champion Bertrando.
- I think it's more likely that he'll stand at stud next year.
- No announcement has been made where the five relocated stallions will stand next year.
- It has a great deal to teach about vengeance and violence, and the way that friendships can stand the tests of both.
- The unit can stand 900G of non-operating shock or 250G of operating shock.
- It's probably the only convertible, this side of a Porsche, which could really stand the punishment of everyday country road driving.
- I've never been able to stand seeing girls cry.
- I wouldn't be able to stand looking at her face everyday after what she did to you… and me.
- I wouldn't be able to stand the thirst during the hot day when I have to drag my cart around.
- In the 2001 general election Brian stood as the Socialist Alliance candidate for Brightside.
- She stood as Respect's candidate in Tottenham during the general election, winning 6.8 percent of the vote.
- The winner, who will be revealed on Friday, will stand as an independent candidate in the next General Election, with all their costs covered.
- If a certain drunk fisherman stands him a beer, we'll have our answer.
- I had the misfortune of having to stand the drinks.
- This curiosity lead me wait around, in the hopes I could stand him a drink and ask him a few questions.
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- It had also been adopting a different stand from the left parties on various public issues.
- I take a more critical stand towards the Prime Minister.
- The leader of the British Columbia Green Party also took a stand, siding with the con team members.
- I was there to take a stand against a global system that increasingly places more value on economic progress than on human and ecological welfare.
- For me, to honor my heritage as I was raised to understand it, I am obligated to take a stand against what I know to be wrong.
- The British Printing Industries Federation is the first to take a stand against the practice.
- Were the troops to make such a last stand, they could tie down American forces scheduled for transfer to the Pacific war.
- He had lost both legs in a final stand against a combined force of Cuban and Angolan troops.
- In late 1911 about 800 Moros fled to the old battleground of Bud Dajo to make a stand.
- The 30,000 spectators will be seated in two tiered stands that reflect each other across the pitch.
- The stands are half-full, spectators jostling to reach their seats.
- Sturdy steel fences surrounding the arena have been constructed, preventing close contact with the spectators sitting in the stands.
- A metal stand supports his B-flat bass instrument so he can play while in his wheelchair.
- Although frustrated, the man meekly returned the offending piece back to its stand.
- It had a cylindrical shape and was supported by a stand with five legs.
- At one end of the market, a few stands sold a variety of local spices, sauces, tea and jams.
- He said his ice-cream stand will have sold more than 5,000 cones by the end of the three-day festival.
- The event will kick off at 9.30 am and at 4pm roads in the town centre will be closed to allow market stands and crowds to overflow into the streets.
- Edwards called his witness to the stand.
- He was given to walking around the courtroom before stopping abruptly to bellow questions at the witness in the stand.
- Prosecutors don't want to put her on the stand without corroboration, because her bias is so evident.
- She took her stand at the podium in the center of the room.
- One after another they all tried, each man rising in his turn and taking his stand before the threshold.
- Taking her stand in the centre of the room, she waited.
- Bus drivers had been told on Friday they could no longer wait at stands between picking up and dropping off passengers.
- Thanks to the new-age look being modelled for six of the city's busiest bus stands, waiting for a bus could well become the most exciting part of the journey.
- The plight of passengers at bus stands is much worse.
- The train emerges from the foliage and comes to a stand for the crossing gates to be opened.
- A hill which a motor car would hardly notice would bring a heavy train to a stand in next to no time.
- For years the trains had to be brought to a stand by a dubious hand-brake, but later two were fitted with air pumps for braking.
- More successful was our concluding stand of the tour outside a reconstructed village inn.
- After the Saturday opening date, the show moved to Elkton, Maryland, for its first stand of the tour.
- The show's last stand will be at the Dallas Museum of Art.
- Since the American elm generally was regarded as the optimal urban tree, extensive stands were planted, something no city would do today.
- Eventually we came to a stand of birch trees growing in a circle.
- He planted a number of stands of spruce, larch and fir trees many of which still exist.
as it stands
- In its present condition: there are no merits in the proposal as it standsMore example sentences
- But the law as it stands also proposes to outlaw all smoking in theatres - including on the stage.
- The scheme as it stands is a well considered response that pays enormous respect to the building.
- As it stands the movie is a waste of time.
- (also as things stand)1.1 In the present circumstances: the country would struggle, as it stands, to host the next Winter Olympic GamesMore example sentences
- I am awaiting an assessment of the injuries, but, as things stand, we are very depleted.
- However, as things stand, works remain in copyright in the U.K. for 70 years after the death of their author.
- But, as things stand, I am having to rely on my parents for financial assistance.
it stands to reason
- see reason.
stand a chance
- see chance.
stand one's ground
- Maintain one’s position, typically in the face of opposition: she stood her ground, refusing to let him intimidate herMore example sentences
- I am sorry, but I stand my ground on this.
- For the first time in our history, I stood my ground against him without bursting into tears.
- Once you have told your significant other that you will not put up with certain actions, it is imperative that you stand your ground.
stand someone in good stead
- see stead.
stand on one's own (two) feet
- Be or become self-reliant or independent.Example sentences
- I am a 30 year-old woman and I am fairly independent, believing in standing on my own two feet most of the time and having strong relationships based on intellect and feeling.
- She taught us how to stand on our own feet.
- Fortunately, the children knew they had to be capable of standing on their own feet and supporting her through old age.
stand out a mile
- see mile.
stand out like a sore thumb
- see sore.
- see pat2.
- Be tried in a court of law.Example sentences
- They were later extradited to Britain and had been due to stand trial at Woolwich Crown Court in London.
- He was later charged by officers and had been due to stand trial at Southampton Crown Court.
- A North Yorkshire woman is to stand trial at Hull Crown Court after denying a charge of manslaughter.
stand up and be counted
- State publicly one’s support for someone or something.Example sentences
- Well now is the time for them to stand up and be counted and show they are true supporters.
- However, when no one else was willing to speak up, it was necessary to stand up and be counted.
- It's time for the Irish people to stand up and be counted.
will the real —— please stand up
- informal Used rhetorically to indicate that the specified person should clarify their position or reveal their true character: he was so different from the unhappy man of a week ago—would the real Jack Lawrence please stand up?More example sentences
- We're going to ask the question, will the real Republican Party please stand up.
- Now, as he unwraps his directorial debut, will the real Edward Norton please stand up?
- Will the real John Wayne please stand up?
- Be unequaled: when it came to fun, Julia stood aloneMore example sentences
- In terms of deaths caused by one individual acting alone, he stands alone.
- The television show stands alone with a unique place in the nation's heart.
- But Malaysia stands alone among the airlines flying here to score a marvellous five stars for its economy class long haul seating.
- Take no action to prevent, or not involve oneself in, something that is happening: the army had stood aside as the monarchy fellMore example sentences
- If somebody is going to start causing trouble am I going to stand aside and watch it happen?
- They urged the army to stand aside and offer no resistance.
- She said they have been told, in the event of serious trouble, to stand aside and not attempt to prevent a breakout.
- another way of saying stand down below.Example sentences
- He should have stood aside pending the findings of the enquiry.
- Today he stood aside from the leadership, although he'll remain in the Parliament.
- In 1892 he was elected Labour MP for the West Ham constituency in London, abetted by the fact that the Liberal candidate had stood aside.
- Withdraw from a situation emotionally in order to view it more objectively.Example sentences
- It is time to stand back from a situation that has gained acceptability through long familiarity and reappraise it objectively.
- Only by standing back and viewing the evidence as a whole can one properly reach a conclusion.
- He's also able to stand back and be objective and will always challenge me if he thinks something is not quite right.
- another way of saying stand aside above.Example sentences
- We cannot just stand back and allow those who have money or those who crave influence turn this country into a backwater.
- After the initial expression of concern, the government stood back and allowed the bid to run its course.
- Bemused shoppers looked on as a vehicle in the Salford Shopping City car park was sprayed with graffiti and smashed up by a hooded man as police stood back.
- And not the least of the horror is that the rest of the world stood by and let it happen.
- And the police stood by and let it happen because it was peaceful.
- It was surprising that Stewart stood by and watched this happen.
- You knew when doing it, though, that a lot of your friends, and supporters and people who stood by you would be outraged.
- Most football supporters have stood by him in his adversity, and greeted him with warm applause on match days despite his falling from grace so publicly.
- Paula has asked me to convey her heartfelt thanks to all those who stood by her and support her.
- He said his members want to go back to work as quickly as possible, but the Government had to stand by its promises first.
- If it introduces a firm policy of that sort, it must stand by it.
- Remember, if you make it a rule, you must stand by it.
- The jets sit fueled and ready on the tarmac, and pilots stand by around the clock ready to scramble them into the air on a moment's notice.
- They had a medical officer standing by to assist with the survivor.
- British Royal Marines and US Marines are standing by to assist with evacuations of UK and US citizens if needed.
- He is standing down from his position due to ill health.
- The first-ever female principal of Northallerton College has announced that she is standing down from her position next summer after nearly seven years in the job.
- He announced that he was standing down from the position as treasurer after 18 years.
- Royal Navy ice patrol ship HMS Endurance has been stood down from a rescue in the sea off Antarctica.
- If there is not a successful breakthrough, we're there at the Government's behest and if they decide to stand us down, then we will be stood down.
- An ambulance crew was dispatched immediately, however they were stood down shortly after.
- Symbols stand for something, yet this one doesn't seem to represent anything at all.
- Find out what those pesky acronyms and abbreviations stand for.
- This abbreviation stands for DVD rewritable disc and means that it can be recorded and erased just the same as a VHS video.
- The referee refused to stand for any nonsense and brandished a succession of cards.
- He did not stand for nonsense from anyone.
- This patient won't stand for any nonsense - but she does require instant gratification
- On that day the principles I stood for and believed in were set aside on the altar of political expediency.
- In spite of their peaceable professions, the French revolutionaries had always believed that they stood for principles of universal validity.
- Ours is the only party that stands for the fundamental principle that all workers must be able to live and work in whichever country they choose.
- I then stood in for another team leader while she was off, and I picked up everything really quickly.
- Ian Bell also pushed his claims by striking an assured 70 when he stood in for Graham Thorpe.
- He stood in for us when called on and played better than we could have expected.
- The American ship stood in as close to the shoals as she dared and then fired a shot across the steamer's bow.
- The ship stood in for the island.
- In the evening we saw a harbour, stood in towards it and found it to have all the appearances of a good one.
- Move or keep away: the women stood off at a slight distanceMore example sentences
- Unbeknownst to everyone else, a man in an impeccable suit stood off in the shadows, not moving a muscle.
- During this process, the safety observer stood off to the side.
- Jessica and I stood off to the side, eager to get under way.
- Nautical 8.1 Sail further away from the shore.Example sentences
- Recognizing it to be a naval auxiliary, the Shackleton stood off.
- Before that time steamers often had to stand off in busy times until it was their turn to be unloaded.
- The boat edged in, standing off sufficiently to avoid boats, people and rocks.
stand someone off
- Keep someone away: repel someone.Example sentences
- It is not in our interest to create the impression that a group of insurgents can stand us off for months.
- He can easily be stood off by either of the Austrian armies.
- After Grant outflanked the Confederates and encircled Vicksburg, they stood him off for weeks.
- There was risk of collision if the other ship stood on.
- A small vessel stood on towards them, and anchored before the fort.
- Still the boat stood on; the spray was beating in heavy showers over her, and it was as much as she could do to look up to her canvas.
- One gable jutted into the road with a projecting like window which stood out from the building like a glass box held together by a massive frame of wood.
- She was careful not to stub her toes on the rocks that stood out above the surface of the sand.
- The use of crumbled or folded paper standing out from the plane surface of the canvas was a recurring motif of the Vanitas trompe l' oeil paintings.
- He said because she was wearing lightweight summer clothing when she disappeared she would have easily stood out.
- His spiky red hair makes him easily stand out in a crowd.
- Certain landmarks and locations in London stand out and are very noticeable.
- One issue stands out from canvassing core Labour voters over more than four decades.
- His study stands out from some of the other books that have appeared because he has spent most of his working life outside Australia without, however, losing touch with his birth-place.
- It has a catchy chorus that you can easily sing along to and he has a voice that not many male singers have right now, so he stands out from the other male singers of today.
- But I was the first among the few who stood out for the successful candidate, who won with 63% of the vote in my province.
- Brave individuals and small organizations stood out against the prevailing developmental ethos.
- Bradford has a proud record of multi-cultural education and has stood out against higher fees for overseas students for a long time.
- For the time being it leaves the establishments with no choice other than to stand over customers and supervise their use of the portable chip and PIN machines.
- He stood over her, just watching her, just waiting for her to understand.
- He stood over her quietly, watching as her shoulders rose and fell with each breath.
- Is there utility in standing the matter over to a fixed date?
- So the committal proceedings were stood over until the afternoon on 14th May.
- I do recollect, now, that the summons was stood over.
- [often in imperative] Military Stand ready for an attack, especially one before dawn or after dark.Example sentences
- Ordered to ‘stand-to!’ just before dawn, the men would be assigned to stand on the fire step dug into the wall of the trench.
- All British battalions in the front line of 28th Division were ordered to ‘stand to’.
- The defenders were ordered to stand to.
- (Of an argument, claim, evidence, etc.) remain valid after close scrutiny or analysis: but will your story stand up in court?More example sentences
- Whether the allegations against her will stand up in court remains to be seen.
- He claimed they were for me, but I know for a fact that this wouldn't stand up in a court of law.
- It was examined to see if the idea stood up and had integrity and financial credibility.
stand someone up
- informal Fail to keep an appointment with a boyfriend or girlfriend.Example sentences
fail to keep a date with, fail to meet, fail to keep an appointment with, jilt
- He just happened to take it out on me because I looked like his old high school girlfriend who stood him up at prom.
- In another study, people were asked to imagine a scenario where they had been stood up by a friend with whom they had fixed a time to meet, only to discover that the friend had gone partying without them.
- He rang my cell phone 6 times on a Saturday morning, two weeks after he stood me up.
stand up for
- Speak or act in support of: she learned to stand up for herselfMore example sentences
- The larger man began pushing the smaller man, who seemed hesitant to stand up for himself.
- He was bullied at first, until he learned to stand up for himself.
- If they personally feel that a decision is unjust and unfair, they must stand up for themselves.
- 16.1Act as best man for in a wedding.Example sentences
- After being asked to stand up for your brother or best friend, you may feel you need a best man guide to help you.
- I must confess it was with real surprise that they asked me stand up for them like this.
- Sometimes a man's best friend is a woman, and he wants this woman to stand up for him at his wedding.
stand up to
- A defiant single mum plans to create a haven for her children and their friends to rebuild community spirit after standing up to nuisance neighbours.
- I learned early on the spirit to stand up to my father, that he wasn't right because he was bigger than me or had a louder voice.
- Covertly, then with more confidence, he stands up to the school bully.
- It will be interesting to see how this landform stands up to wear and tear from the public.
- The first is the way the tyres stand up to the wear and tear imposed by a circuit on which the cars spend more time braking on full power than at any other track.
- Cotton can also be ironed at relatively high temperatures, stands up to abrasion and wears well.
- Example sentences
- People are either standers or walkers on escalators and that's fine; I prefer to walk.
- Bill is a stander and a doer, not a sitter and a thinker.
- At the end, the delegates rose rather slowly to their feet; indeed for a while it looked as if there might not be a stander at all.
stead from Old English:
Old English stede meant ‘place’. From a Germanic source, it is related to Dutch stad ‘town’, German Statt ‘place’, from an Indo-European root shared by the verb stand. Instead (Middle English) is simply ‘in stead, in place of’ run together. The adjective steadfast [Old English] is literally ‘standing firm’; a homestead (Old English) is your ‘home place’; while if you are steady (Middle English) you are not easily moved from your place. See also place
Words that rhyme with standand, band, bland, brand, expand, firsthand, gland, grand, hand, land, manned, misunderstand, offhand, rand, righthand, Samarkand, sand, strand, thirdhand, underhand, undermanned, understand, unplanned, untanned, withstand
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