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stand

verb  /stænd/ ( past tense and past participle stood  /stʊd/) us  

stand verb (BE VERTICAL)

[I/T] to be on your feet or get into a vertical position, or to put someone or something into a vertical position: [I] I stood motionless as the snake slithered by. [I] Please stand back so the paramedics can get through. [T always + adv/prep] I stood the ironing board against the wall.stand on your hands ( also head) If you stand on your hands or head, you hold yourself with your head near or on the ground and your feet in the air.

stand verb (BE IN SITUATION)

to be or get into a particular state or situation: [I] As things stand right now, there’s no telling who will win. [I] Let the mixture stand for fifteen minutes. [L] Some of these older houses have stood empty for years. [L] He stands accused of tax evasion. [L] Even without her shoes, she stands over six feet tall.stands trial If someone stands trial, accusations against that person are examined in a court of law: Berenson will stand trial next month in the county court.

stand verb (BE IN PLACE)

[I] to be in a particular place: A desk stood in the middle of the room. A taxi stood at the curb, waiting for a fare. fig. If you want to apply for promotion, I won’t stand in your way.

stand verb (ACCEPT)

[T] to be able to accept or bear something unpleasant or difficult: Our tent won’t stand another storm like the last one. How can you stand all that pressure at work?

stand verb (HAVE OPINION)

[I always + adv/prep] to have a particular opinion about something: On foreign policy, the president seems to stand to the left of his party.

stand

noun [C]  /stænd/ us  

stand noun [C] (OPINION)

an opinion, esp. one publicly expressed: What’s his stand on health care reform? She’ll no doubt take a strong stand against raising taxes.

stand noun [C] (COURT)

short form of witness stand

stand noun [C] (STRUCTURE)

a small structure where food, newspapers, candy, and other small items are sold: Hot dog stands with colorful umbrellas always attract a crowd.

stand noun [C] (GROUP)

a group of trees or tall plants: Stands of spruce trees dotted the hills.

stand noun [C] (FRAME)

a pole or frame designed to hold something: a coat stand He mounts the baseballs on marble stands.
(Definition of stand from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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