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stand

verb (STATE)    /stænd/ (stood, stood)
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
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