Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “standby”

standby

noun [C] uk   /ˈstænd.baɪ/ (plural standbys) us  

standby noun [C] (READY)

something that is always ready for use, especially if a regular one fails: Board games are a good standby to keep the children amused if the weather is bad. There are standby generators but these usually only have to work for a few hours a year during power cuts. on standby When a person or a thing is on standby, they are ready to be used if necessary: Hospitals are on standby ready to deal with casualties from the crash.

standby noun [C] (TICKET)

(also standby ticket) a cheap ticket sold just before a flight or a performance if there is a seat available
(Definition of standby from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of standby?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “standby” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

for starters

used to say that something is the first in a list of things

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More