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English definition of “withstand”

withstand

verb [T]    /wɪθˈstænd, wɪð-/ (past tense and past participle withstood  /wɪθˈstʊd, wɪð-/)
to receive without being changed or damaged by something powerful; bear: The building has to be strong enough to withstand severe winds and storms. Coaches have to be tough to withstand the constant pressure to win.
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