stand up Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Definition of “stand up” - English Dictionary

"stand up" in American English

See all translations

stand up

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

stand up (PROVE TRUE)

to ​prove to be ​true when ​closelyexamined: The ​evidence is ​weak and will not stand up in ​court. Good ​research will stand up under any ​criticism. To stand up also ​means to ​continue to be ​strongeven after ​receivingseveretreatment: This ​fabric will stand up well ​even if it gets ​lots of ​wear.

stand-upadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈstændˌʌp/
related to a ​type of ​performance in which someone ​stands in ​front of a ​group of ​people and ​tellsjokes: stand-up ​comedy
noun [U]  us   /ˈstæn·dʌp/
She doesn’t do a lot of standup ​anymore.
(Definition of stand up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"stand up" in British English

See all translations

stand up

phrasal verb with stand uk   us   /stænd/ verb (stood, stood)
A2 to be in an ​uprightposition on ​yourfeet; to get yourself into an ​uprightposition on ​yourfeet: I've been ​standing up all ​day and I'm really ​tired. It was ​customary then for ​children to ​stand up when the ​teacher came into the ​classroom.
If an ​idea or some ​informationstands up, it is ​proved to be ​true or ​correct: Their ​evidence will never ​stand up in ​court. Their ​argument won't ​stand up todetailedcriticism (= when it is ​studiedcritically).


uk   us   /ˈstænd.ʌp/

stand up adjective (COMEDY)

[before noun] performed by a ​singlepersontellingjokes and ​funnystories on ​stage: stand-up ​comedy a stand-up ​comedian

stand up adjective (PERSON)

US informal loyal; that you can rely on to ​defend you: He was ​friendly, ​passionate, and a stand-up ​kind of ​guy.

stand up adjective (ARGUMENT)

UK involvingviolence or ​loudshouting, etc.: The two men had had a stand-up ​row in the ​pub after the ​game.

stand up adjective (MEETING)

A stand-up ​meeting is one at which ​peoplestand, ​rather than ​sit: the hotel's stand-up ​managementmeetings


uk   us   /ˈstænd.ʌp/

stand up noun (COMEDY)

[U] comedyperformed by a ​singlepersontellingjokes and ​funnystories on ​stage; stand-upcomedy: an ​evening of stand-up [C] a ​person who ​performs stand-up comedy; a stand-up comedian: He has ​worked as an ​actor, but is ​bestknown as a stand-up.

stand up noun (MEETING)

[C] a ​meeting at which ​peoplestand, ​rather than ​sit
(Definition of stand up from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of stand up?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


peaceful, quiet, and without worry

Word of the Day

Tree huggers and climate change deniers
Tree huggers and climate change deniers
by Colin McIntosh,
October 08, 2015
The climate debate is one that has predictably generated a large amount of new vocabulary, some of it originally specialized scientific terminology that has been taken up by the media and is now common currency. Some of these terms are new additions to the Cambridge English Dictionary. The two opposing sides in

Read More 

climate justice noun
climate justice noun
October 12, 2015
the holding to account of those responsible for climate change and reparation for those most affected by it I just finished reading the pope’s message to the world on climate justice.I feel energized and have joined a group of people at my church, St. Joseph University Parish, who feel the same.

Read More