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English definition of “stand for sth”

stand for sth

(REPRESENT) phrasal verb with stand     /stænd/ verb (stood, stood)
B2 to support or represent a particular idea or set of ideas: This party stands for low taxes and individual freedom.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting B2 If one or more letters stand for a word or name, they are the first letter or letters of that word or name and they represent it: 'GMT' stands for Greenwich Mean Time.Typifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significance
(Definition of stand for sth (REPRESENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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