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withstand

verb [T] uk   /wɪðˈstænd/ (withstood, withstood) us  
C2 to bear or not be changed by something, or to oppose a person or thing successfully: a bridge designed to withstand earthquakes Our toys are designed to withstand the rough treatment of the average five-year-old. The aircraft base is protected with specially designed shelters which are built to withstand ground and air attacks. She is an artist whose work will undoubtedly withstand the test of time (= it will still be popular in the future).
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