Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “standing”

standing

noun [U] uk   /ˈstæn.dɪŋ/ us  

standing noun [U] (REPUTATION)

reputation, rank, or position in an area of activity, system, or organization: As a pathologist of considerable standing, his opinion will have a lot of influence. A financial scandal would shake the Institute's standing in the international academic community.ReputationPosition and status in groups and organizations

standing noun [U] (TIME)

formal the time for which something has existed: One member, of twelve years' standing on the committee, resigned in protest at the changes.
See also
Periods of time - general words

standing

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈstæn.dɪŋ/ us  
permanent, rather than formed or created when necessary: a standing committee You know you have a standing invitation to come and stay anytime you're in town.Continuous and permanent
(Definition of standing from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of standing?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “standing” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

workmanship

the skill with which something was made or done

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More