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Meaning of “stand by” - Learner’s Dictionary

stand by

phrasal verb with stand     /stænd/ verb ( past tense and past participle stood)
BE READY
to be ready to do something or to help: Doctors were standing by to treat the injured passengers.WaitingStaying and remaining
DO NOTHING
to do nothing to prevent something unpleasant from happening: We can't stand by while millions of people starve.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
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