Translation of "stand" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /stænd/ us /stænd/ present participle standing, past tense and past participle stood

A2 to be in a vertical position on your feet

estar de pie
We stood there for an hour.
He’s standing over there, next to Karen.

A2 also stand up to rise to a vertical position on your feet from sitting or lying down

ponerse de pie
I get dizzy if I stand up too quickly.
Please stand when the bride arrives.

to be in a particular place or position

estar situado
The tower stands in the middle of a field.

to put something in a particular place or position

She stood the umbrella by the door.
can’t stand someone/something informal

B1 to hate someone or something

no soportar a alguien/algo
I can’t stand him – he’s so rude!
She can’t stand doing housework.
stand in someone’s way

to try to stop or prevent

ser un impedimento para alguien
You know I won’t stand in your way if you want to apply for a job abroad.
standing on your head

If you can do something standing on your head, you can do it very easily.

con los ojos cerrados
It’s the sort of program Andrew could write standing on his head.
noun uk /stænd/ us /stænd/

a small shop with an open front or a table from which things are sold

Visit our stand at the trade fair.
a lemonade stand

UK a structure in a sports ground where people can stand or sit to watch an event


(Translation of “stand” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


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

to be in an upright position, not sitting or lying

estar de pie
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

ponerse de pie
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

estar vigente
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

estar en una condición/ situación determinada
As matters stand, we can do nothing to help
How do you stand financially?

to accept or offer oneself for a particular position etc

ser candidato
He is standing as Parliamentary candidate for our district.

to put in a particular position, especially upright

poner de pie
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

subir al estrado
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

estado de espera
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

algo que se usa en caso de emergencia
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

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

sala de espera
There was standing-room only on the bus.
make someone’s hair stand on end

to frighten someone very greatly

The horrible scream made his hair stand on end.
stand aside phrasal verb

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

He stood aside to let me pass.
stand back phrasal verb

to move backwards or away

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

to watch something happening without doing anything

presenciar, ser testigo, no poder estar quieto
I couldn’t just stand by while he was hitting the child.

to be ready to act

estar a la espera
The police are standing by in case of trouble.

to support; to stay loyal to

She stood by him throughout his trial.
stand down phrasal verb

to withdraw eg from a contest

After the scandal he was forced to stand down as a presidential candidate.
stand fast/firm

to refuse to yield

She stood firm and refused to lower the price.
stand for phrasal verb

to be a candidate for election to

ser un possible candidato
He stood for Parliament.

to be an abbreviation for

ser una abreviación de
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 phrasal verb

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

ocuparse de sus asuntos sin la ayuda de nadie
He soon learned how to stand on his own two feet.
stand out phrasal verb

to be noticeable

She stood out as one of the prettiest girls in the school.

to go on resisting or to refuse to yield

The garrison stood out (against the besieging army) as long as possible.
stand over phrasal verb

to supervise closely

vigilar de cerca
I have to stand over him to make him do his schoolwork.
stand up for phrasal verb

to support or defend

She stood up for him when the others bullied him.
stand up to phrasal verb

to show resistance to

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-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)