Meaning of “stand for sth” in the English Dictionary

"stand for sth" in British English

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stand for sth

phrasal verb with stand uk /stænd/ us /stænd/ verb stood, stood

(ACCEPT)

If you will not stand for something, you will not accept a situation or a particular type of behaviour:

I wouldn't stand for that sort of behaviour from him, if I were you.

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  • I'm not going to stand for that sort of behaviour in my class.
  • He can't speak to me like that - I'm not going to stand for it!
  • Her behaviour is totally out of order and I'm not going to stand for it.
  • There has to come a point when you say, enough is enough, I'm not going to stand for it.
  • She wouldn't behave like that with him - he wouldn't stand for it.

(REPRESENT)

B2 If one or more letters stand for a word or name, they are the first letter or letters of that word or name and they represent it:

GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time.

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  • I despise him and everything he stands for.
  • The socialist party have lost sight of what they stand for.
  • So what do they stand for - what's their agenda?
  • The 'E' in her initials stands for 'Emma'.
  • UFO stands for 'unidentified flying object'.

(Definition of “stand for sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stand for sth" in Business English

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stand for sth

phrasal verb with stand uk /stænd/ us 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'.

(Definition of “stand for sth” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)