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stand by

phrasal verb with stand us   /stænd/ verb past tense and past participle stood /stʊd/
  • (LET HAPPEN)

to let something happen or to be unable to prevent something: How could anyone simply stand by while the man was robbed? We stood by helplessly while the fire destroyed our barn.

stand by

phrasal verb with stand us   /stænd/ verb past tense and past participle stood /stʊd/
  • (BE PREPARED)

to be prepared for something: The general ordered his troops to stand by for a possible attack.
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stand by

phrasal verb with stand uk   /stænd/ us   verb stood, stood
[I] to be ready to do something: The Central Bank was standing by, ready to intervene to prevent a further slide against the dollar.
[T] to show that you still believe or support something: We stand by our view that rates may need to rise to 5% next year. The Government lost a lot of voters because it failed to stand by its election promises.
(Definition of stand by from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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