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uk   us   /stænd/ (stood, stood)

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.
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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?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.
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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. [I usually + adv/prep] Vehicles that are standing are waiting: The train now standing at platform 8 is the 15.17 for standing US (UK no waiting) used on signs to mean vehicles are not allowed to park, even for short periods of time: The sign by the side of the road said "no standing".
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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.
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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.
stand a chance C2 to have a chance of success: She stands a good chance of passing her exam if she works hard.

stand verb (HEIGHT)

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

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?

stand verb (OPINION)

C2 [I usually + adv/prep] to have as an opinion: How/Where does he stand on foreign policy issues?


uk   us   /stænd/

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
stands [plural] a stand: Fighting broke out in the stands five minutes before the end of the match.

stand noun (OPINION)

[C] an opinion, especially one that is public: What's her stand on sexual equality?

stand noun (COURT)

US (UK witness box) [C] the place in which a person stands in a law court when they are being asked questions: The witness took the stand (= went to the place in a court where you stand and answer questions).

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.
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stand noun (FRAME)

C2 [C] a frame or piece of furniture for supporting or putting things on: a music stand a hatstand

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.

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.
(Definition of stand from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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