Definition of withstand in English:
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
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- 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.
1.1Offer strong resistance or opposition to (someone or something).
- 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.
Old English withstandan, from the prefix with- 'against' + the verb stand.
- 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’.
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