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withstandverb [T]

uk   us   /wɪðˈstænd/ (withstood, withstood)
C2 to be ​strong enough, or not be ​changed by something, or to ​oppose a ​person or thing ​successfully: a ​bridgedesigned to withstand ​earthquakes Our ​toys are ​designed to withstand the ​roughtreatment of the ​average five-year-old. The ​aircraftbase is ​protected with ​speciallydesignedshelters which are ​built to withstand ​ground and ​airattacks. She is an ​artist whose ​work will ​undoubtedly withstand the ​test of ​time (= it will still be ​popular in the ​future).
(Definition of withstand from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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withstandverb [T]

 us   /wɪθˈstænd, wɪð-/ (past tense and past participle withstood  /wɪθˈstʊd, wɪð-/ )
to ​receive without being ​changed or ​damaged by something ​powerful; ​bear: The ​building has to be ​strong enough to withstand ​severewinds and ​storms. Coaches have to be ​tough to withstand the ​constantpressure to ​win.
(Definition of withstand from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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