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verb uk   /stænd/ (stood, stood) us  

stand verb (VERTICAL)

A2 [I or T] to be in a vertical state or to put into a vertical state, especially (of a person or animal) by making the legs straight: Granny says if she stands for a long time her ankles hurt. As a sign of politeness you should stand (up) when she comes in. Stand still and be quiet! After the earthquake not a single building was left standing in the village. Stand the bottles on the table over there.
See also
Sitting and standing

stand verb (STATE)

C1 [I, L only + adj] to be in, cause to be in, or get into a particular state or situation: How do you think your chances stand (= are) of being offered the job? The national debt stands at 55 billion dollars. The house stood empty for years. Martina is currently standing second in the world listings. [+ to infinitive] Our firm stands to lose (= will lose) a lot of money if the deal is unsuccessful. We really can't allow the current situation to stand (= to exist in its current form). Newton's laws of mechanics stood (= were thought to be completely true) for over two hundred years. Leave the mixture to stand (= do not touch it) for 15 minutes before use. It would be difficult for her to stand much lower/higher in my opinion (= for me to have a worse/better opinion of her) after the way she behaved at the party. She's very blunt, but at least you know where you stand with her (= you know what she thinks and how she is likely to behave).formal You stand accused of murder, how do you plead?Existing and being stand trial C2 to be put on trial in a law court: Two other men are to stand trial next month for their part in the bombing.Court cases, orders and decisions

stand verb (PLACE)

B2 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to be in, cause to be in, or put into a particular place: The room was empty except for a wardrobe standing in one corner. Stand the paintings against the wall while we decide where to hang them. The photograph shows the happy couple standing beside a banana tree.Placing and positioning an object [I usually + adv/prep] Vehicles that are standing are waiting: The train now standing at platform 8 is the 15.17 for Cardiff.Staying and remainingWaitingWaitingStaying and remaining

stand verb (ACCEPT)

B1 [T usually in negatives] to successfully accept or bear something that is unpleasant or difficult: I can't stand her voice. Our tent won't stand another storm like the last one. [+ -ing verb] I can't stand hearing her cry.Tolerating and enduringCoping and not copingDealing with things or people

stand verb (POLITICS)

C2 [I] UK (US also UK run) to compete, especially in an election, for an official position: The president has announced she does not intend to stand for re-election.Elections
stand a chance C2 to have a chance of success: She stands a good chance of passing her exam if she works hard.Possible and probable

stand verb (HEIGHT)

[L only + noun] to be a stated height: Even without his shoes he stood over two metres tall.High, tall and deep

stand verb (BUY)

[T + two objects] to buy something, especially a meal or a drink, for someone: I couldn't get to the bank, so could you stand me lunch?Paying and spending money

stand verb (OPINION)

C2 [I usually + adv/prep] to have as an opinion: How/Where does he stand on foreign policy issues?Opinions, beliefs and points of view


noun uk   /stænd/ us  

stand noun (SPORT)

[C] UK a large structure at a sports ground, usually with a sloping floor and sometimes a roof, where people either stand or sit to watch a sports event
Sports venues
stands [plural] a stand: Fighting broke out in the stands five minutes before the end of the match.Sports venues

stand noun (OPINION)

[C] an opinion, especially one that is public: What's her stand on sexual equality?Opinions, beliefs and points of view

stand noun (COURT)

[C] US for witness box: The witness took the stand (= went to the place in a court where you stand and answer questions).Law courts

stand noun (SHOP)

C1 [C] a small shop or stall or an area where products can be shown, usually outside or in a large public building, at which people can buy things or get information: a hotdog stand Over three thousand companies will have stands at this year's microelectronics exhibition.
See also
Shops, markets and auctionsRestaurants and cafesBuildings in general

stand noun (FRAME)

C2 [C] a frame or piece of furniture for supporting or putting things on: a music stand a hatstandFrames and structuresFurniture for storage

stand noun (OPPOSITION)

C2 [C usually singular] an act of opposition, especially in order to defend someone or something: Environmental groups are making a stand against the new road through the valley. Opposing and against

stand noun (PERFORMANCES)

[C usually singular] US a particular number or period of performances: The Orioles will be in town for a three-game stand.Spectacles and performances
(Definition of stand from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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