Definition of “stand” - English Dictionary

“stand” in English

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uk /stænd/ us /stænd/ stood, stood

stand verb (VERTICAL)

A2 [ I or T ] to be in a vertical state or to put into a vertical state, especially (of a person or animal) by making the legs straight:

Granny says if she stands for a long time her ankles hurt.
As a sign of politeness you should stand (up) when she comes in.
Stand still and be quiet!
After the earthquake not a single building was left standing in the village.
Stand the bottles on the table over there.
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stand verb (STATE)

C1 [ I, L only + adj ] to be in, cause to be in, or get into a particular state or situation:

How do you think your chances stand (= are) of being offered the job?
The national debt stands at 55 billion dollars.
The house stood empty for years.
Martina is currently standing second in the world listings.
[ + to infinitive ] Our firm stands to lose (= will lose) a lot of money if the deal is unsuccessful.
We really can't allow the current situation to stand (= to exist in its current form).
Newton's laws of mechanics stood (= were thought to be completely true) for over two hundred years.
Leave the mixture to stand (= do not touch it) for 15 minutes before use.
It would be difficult for her to stand much lower/higher in my opinion (= for me to have a worse/better opinion of her) after the way she behaved at the party.
She's very blunt, but at least you know where you stand with her (= you know what she thinks and how she is likely to behave).
formal You stand accused of murder, how do you plead?
stand trial

C2 to be put on trial in a law court:

Two other men are to stand trial next month for their part in the bombing.

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stand verb (PLACE)

B2 [ I or T, usually + adv/prep ] to be in, cause to be in, or put into a particular place:

The room was empty except for a wardrobe standing in one corner.
Stand the paintings against the wall while we decide where to hang them.
The photograph shows the happy couple standing beside a banana tree.

[ I usually + adv/prep ] Vehicles that are standing are waiting:

The train now standing at platform 8 is the 15.17 for Cardiff.
no standing US UK no waiting

used on signs to mean vehicles are not allowed to park, even for short periods of time:

The sign by the side of the road said "no standing".

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stand noun (COURT)

US UK witness box [ C ] the place in which a person stands in a law court when they are being asked questions:

The witness took the stand (= went to the place in a court where you stand and answer questions).

(Definition of “stand” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /stænd/ past tense and past participle stood /stʊd/

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.

standnoun [ C ]

us /stænd/

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 ofwitness 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)

“stand” in Business English

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uk /stænd/ us stood, stood

[ I ] to be in a particular state or situation:

As things stand, the existing rules are not working in favour of competition.
Office blocks all over the city are standing empty.
They stand accused of backdating stock options to coincide with the lowest possible share price.

[ I ] to be at or reach a particular level:

stand at sth The country's national debt stands at $55 billion.

[ I ] UK POLITICS to compete in a election for an official position:

She's decided to stand for re-election.
He was persuaded to stand against the party leader in the upcoming election.

[ I ] to have a particular opinion on something:

stand on sth Where does the party stand on immigration?

[ I ] if an offer, a decision, or a record still stands, it still exists and has not been changed:

They have not made a second bid for the company but their original offer still stands.
The commission declared that the election results should stand.
stand a chance (of doing sth)

to be likely to do sth:

These ambitious projects only stand a chance of happening if they get generous financial backing.
I don't think they stand a chance of winning the election.
stand bail (for sb)

UK LAW to pay money to show that you promise that someone accused of a crime will come to a court of law to be judged:

A friend asked me to stand bail for his son.
stand or fall by/on sth

to depend completely on something to be able to succeed:

Governments stand or fall by their economic performance.
stand pat (on sth)

US to refuse to change a decision or the way you do something:

The party is standing pat on the issue of immigration reform.
stand the test of time

to be popular or successful for a long time:

We only invest in companies with established brands that have stood the test of time.
stand to do sth

to be in a situation in which it is possible or likely that something will happen to you:

stand to gain/lose/win Our firm stands to lose a lot of money if the deal doesn't go through.
stand trial

LAW to be judged in a court of law after being accused of illegal behaviour:

Roberts will stand trial next week for insider trading.


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[ C ] COMMERCE, MARKETING a table or structure where someone can sell or advertise their products or services:

There were street vendors selling ice cream and hot dogs from their stands.
Over 100 charities will have stands at this year's exhibition.

[ C, usually singular ] someone's opinion, especially when they make it public:

sb's stand on sth What's their stand on environmental issues?
a stand against/for sth Mr Williams said his organization's stand against the new development would not change.
his outspoken stand for human rights
take/make a stand We decided to take a stand against the proposed changes to the law.

[ S ] LAW →  witness stand :

Both the chairman and chief executive are expected to take the stand in this high-profile fraud case.

(Definition of “stand” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)