Translation of "stand" - English-French dictionary


verb /stӕnd/ (past tense, past participle stood /stud/)

to be in an upright position, not sitting or lying

être debout
His leg was so painful that he could hardly stand
After the storm, few trees were left standing.

(often with up) to rise to the feet

se mettre debout
He pushed back his chair and stood up
Some people like to stand (up) when the National Anthem is played.

to remain motionless

The train stood for an hour outside Newcastle.

to remain unchanged

This law still stands.

to be in or have a particular place

There is now a factory where our house once stood.

to be in a particular state, condition or situation

dans l’état oû, dans ces conditions
As matters stand, we can do nothing to help
How do you stand financially?

to accept or offer oneself for a particular position etc

être candidat (à)
He is standing as Parliamentary candidate for our district.

to put in a particular position, especially upright

poser (droit/debout)
He picked up the fallen chair and stood it beside the table.

to undergo or endure

He will stand (his) trial for murder
I can’t stand her rudeness any longer.

to pay for (a meal etc) for (a person)

Let me stand you a drink!
take the stand

to come and sit in the witness box in order to testify

venir à la barre
The witness was asked to take the stand.
standing adjective


The general’s standing orders must be obeyed.
stand-by noun (plural stand-bys)

readiness for action

Two fire-engines went directly to the fire, and a third was on stand-by (= ready to go if ordered).

something that can be used in an emergency etc

Fruit is a good stand-by when children get hungry between meals.
stand-in noun

a person who takes someone else’s job etc for a temporary period, especially in making films

remplaçant, ante, doublure
The actress refused to do a nude scene in the film so they used a stand-in instead.
standing-room noun

space for standing only, not sitting

place debout
There was standing-room only on the bus.
make someone’s hair stand on end

to frighten someone very greatly

faire dresser les cheveux sur la tête
The horrible scream made his hair stand on end.
stand aside

to move to one side or withdraw out of someone’s way

He stood aside to let me pass.
stand back

to move backwards or away

A crowd gathered round the injured man, but a policeman ordered everyone to stand back.
stand by

to watch something happening without doing anything

rester là (à ne rien faire)
I couldn’t just stand by while he was hitting the child.

to be ready to act

se tenir prêt à intervenir
The police are standing by in case of trouble.

to support; to stay loyal to

She stood by him throughout his trial.
stand down

to withdraw eg from a contest

se désister
After thescandal he was forced to stand down as a presdential candidate.
stand fast/firm

to refuse to yield.

tenir bon/ferme
stand for

to be a candidate for election to

être candidat/-ate (à, pour)
He stood for Parliament.

to be an abbreviation for

vouloir dire
HQ stands for Headquarters.

to represent

I like to think that our school stands for all that is best in education.

to tolerate

I won’t stand for this sort of behaviour.
stand in

to take another person’s place, job etc for a time

The leading actor was ill and another actor stood in for him.
stand on one’s own (two) feet

to manage one’s own affairs without help

voler de ses propres ailes
He soon learned how to stand on his own two feet.
stand out

to be noticeable

ressortir (d’entre, parmi)
She stood out as one of the prettiest girls in the school.

to go on resisting or to refuse to yield

tenir bon/ferme
The garrison stood out (against the besieging army) as long as possible.
stand over

to supervise closely

I have to stand over him to make him do his schoolwork.
stand up for

to support or defend

prendre le parti de
She stood up for him when the others bullied him.
stand up to

to show resistance to

tenir tête à
He stood up to the bigger boys who tried to bully him
These chairs have stood up to very hard use.

(Translation of “stand” from the PASSWORD English–French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)