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stand for sth

phrasal verb with stand
 
 
/stænd/ verb (stood, stood)
to represent a particular idea: You have to identify what you want your brand to stand for. This party has always stood for working-class values.
if a letter or group of letters stands for something, it is an abbreviation of a word or phrase: VAT stands for 'Value Added Tax'.
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