Meaning of “stand up for sth/sb” in the English Dictionary

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"stand up for sth/sb" in British English

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stand up for sth/sb

also stick up for sth/sb
phrasal verb with stand uk /stænd/ us /stænd/ verb stood, stood

B2 to defend or support a particular idea or a person who is being criticized or attacked:

It's high time we all stood up for our rights around here.
Don't be bullied, learn to stand up for yourself and what you believe in.

More examples

  • You have to learn to stand up for yourself.
  • With five older brothers I soon learned to stand up for myself.
  • You have to stand up for your rights - you can't let them walk all over you.
  • He's a big boy - I'm sure he can stand up for himself.
  • The prime minister reiterated that he would stand up for British interests abroad.

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