Definition of withstand in English:

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Pronunciation: /wiTHˈstand/
Pronunciation: /wiT͟Hˈstand/

verb (past and past participle withstood)

[with object]
1Remain undamaged or unaffected by; resist: the structure had been designed to withstand winds of more than 100 mph
More example sentences
  • Whether the Blair government's new law withstands judicial scrutiny remains to be seen.
  • Not many flowers are designed specifically to withstand cold and frosty weather.
  • Their structure is designed to withstand the harshest heat, wind and occasional sea spray.
resist, weather, survive, endure, cope with, stand, tolerate, bear, stomach, defy, brave, hold out against, tough out, bear up against;
stand up to, face, confront
1.1Offer strong resistance or opposition to (someone or something).
Example sentences
  • The shield did not look especially strong, but it withstood pressure that would have crushed the man.
  • Straffan withstood a very strong comeback from the home side in the second half that yielded a goal from Toms Fitzgerald from 25 yards, to claim victory.
  • Leighlin then withstood some strong pressure from Naomh Eoin, who with Robert Foley prominent, threatened to snatch a winning goal.



Example sentences
  • He is slowly but certainly loosing his courage, contact with his withstanders and his window on the free world.
  • Its right to believe that some enemies will be smart enough to ignore the withstander.
  • The second tract was even more daring, declaring war on the ‘petty antichrists, proud prelates, intolerable withstanders of reformation, enemies of the gospel and covetous wretched priests’.


Old English withstandan, from the prefix with- 'against' + the verb stand.

Words that rhyme with withstand

and, band, bland, brand, expand, firsthand, gland, grand, hand, land, manned, misunderstand, offhand, rand, righthand, Samarkand, sand, stand, strand, thirdhand, underhand, undermanned, understand, unplanned, untanned

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Syllabification: with·stand

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