Definition of stand for in English:

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stand for

1Be an abbreviation of or symbol for: NASA stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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  • 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.
mean, be an abbreviation of, represent, signify, denote, indicate, symbolize
2 [with negative] informal Refuse to endure or tolerate: I won’t stand for any nonsense
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  • 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
3Support (a cause or principle): we stand for animal welfare
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  • 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.
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