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 us   /stænd/ (past tense and past participle stood  /stʊd/ )
  • stand verb (BE VERTICAL)

[I/T] to be on ​yourfeet or get into a ​verticalposition, or to put someone or something into a ​verticalposition: [I] I stood ​motionless as the ​snakeslithered by. [I] Please stand back so the ​paramedics can get through. [T always + adv/prep] I stood the ​ironingboard against the ​wall.
stand on your hands (also head)
If you stand on ​yourhands or head, you ​hold yourself with ​your head near or on the ​ground and ​yourfeet in the ​air.
  • stand verb (BE IN SITUATION)

to be or get into a ​particularstate 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 ​olderhouses have stood ​empty for ​years. [L] He stands ​accused of ​taxevasion. [L] Even without her ​shoes, she stands over six ​feettall.
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 ​countycourt.
  • stand verb (BE IN PLACE)

[I] to be in a ​particularplace: 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 ​particularopinion about something: On ​foreignpolicy, the ​presidentseems to stand to the ​left of his ​party.

standnoun [C]

 us   /stænd/
  • stand noun [C] (OPINION)

an ​opinion, esp. one ​publiclyexpressed: What’s his stand on ​healthcarereform? She’ll no ​doubt take a ​strong stand against ​raisingtaxes.
  • stand noun [C] (COURT)

short form ofwitness stand
  • stand noun [C] (STRUCTURE)

a ​smallstructure where ​food, ​newspapers, ​candy, and other ​smallitems are ​sold: Hot ​dog stands with ​colorfulumbrellas always ​attract a ​crowd.
  • stand noun [C] (GROUP)

a ​group of ​trees or ​tallplants: Stands of ​sprucetreesdotted the ​hills.
  • stand noun [C] (FRAME)

a ​pole or ​framedesigned 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 British English

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uk   /stænd/  us   /stænd/ (stood, stood)
  • stand verb (VERTICAL)

A2 [I or T] to be in a ​verticalstate or to put into a ​verticalstate, ​especially (of a ​person or ​animal) by making the ​legsstraight: Granny says if she stands for a ​longtime her ​ankleshurt. As a ​sign of ​politeness you should stand (up) when she comes in. Stand still and be ​quiet! After the ​earthquake not a ​singlebuilding 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 ​particularstate or ​situation: How do you ​thinkyourchances stand (= are) of being ​offered the ​job? The ​nationaldebt stands at 55 ​billiondollars. The ​house stood empty for ​years. Martina is ​currently standing second in the ​worldlistings. [+ to infinitive] Our ​firm stands tolose (= will ​lose) a lot of ​money if the ​deal is ​unsuccessful. We really can't ​allow the ​currentsituation to stand (= to ​exist in ​itscurrentform). Newton's ​laws of ​mechanics stood (= were ​thought to be ​completelytrue) 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/​betteropinion 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 ofmurder, how do you ​plead?
stand trial
C2 to be put on ​trial in a ​lawcourt: Two other men are to stand ​trial next ​month fortheirpart 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 ​particularplace: 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 ​photographshows the ​happycouple standing beside a ​bananatree.
[I usually + adv/prep] Vehicles that are standing are ​waiting: The ​train now standing atplatform 8 is the 15.17 for Cardiff.
no standing US (UK no waiting)
used on ​signs to ​meanvehicles are not ​allowed to ​park, ​even for ​shortperiods of ​time: The ​sign by the ​side of the ​road said "no standing".

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  • stand verb (ACCEPT)

B1 [T usually in negatives] to ​successfullyaccept or ​bear something that is ​unpleasant or ​difficult: I can't stand her ​voice. Our ​tent won't stand another ​storm like the last one. [+ -ing verb] I can't stand ​hearing her ​cry.

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  • Personally, I can't stand her.
  • I can't ​even stand the ​smell.
  • I can't stand being ​cold.
  • He can't stand the ​sight of her.
  • I can't stand the ​thought of ​waiting so ​long.


uk   /stænd/  us   /stænd/
  • stand noun (SPORT)

[C] UK a ​largestructure at a ​sportsground, usually with a ​slopingfloor and sometimes a ​roof, where ​people either stand or ​sit to ​watch a ​sportsevent
stands [plural]
a stand: Fighting ​broke out in the stands five ​minutes before the end of the ​match.
  • stand noun (SHOP)

C1 [C] a ​smallshop or stall or an ​area where ​products can be ​shown, usually ​outside or in a ​largepublicbuilding, at which ​people can ​buy things or get ​information: a ​hotdog stand Over three thousand ​companies will have stands at this year's ​microelectronicsexhibition.
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  • stand noun (OPPOSITION)

C2 [C usually singular] an ​act of ​opposition, ​especially in ​order to ​defend someone or something: Environmental ​groups are making a stand against the new ​road through the ​valley.
  • stand noun (PERFORMANCES)

[C usually singular] US a ​particularnumber or ​period of ​performances: The Orioles will be in ​town for a three-game stand.
(Definition of stand from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stand" in Business English

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uk   us   /stænd/ (stood, stood)
[I] to be in a particular ​state or ​situation: As things stand, the existing ​rules are not ​working in favour of ​competition. Officeblocks all over the city are standing empty. They stand ​accused ofbackdatingstockoptions to coincide with the ​lowest possible ​shareprice. stand ​divided/​united
[I] to be at or ​reach a particular ​level: stand at sth The country's ​nationaldebt stands at $55 ​billion.
[I] UK POLITICS to ​compete in a ​election for an ​officialposition: She's decided to stand for re-election. He was persuaded to stand against the ​partyleader in the ​upcomingelection.
[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 ​originaloffer still stands. The ​commissiondeclared that the ​electionresults should stand.
stand a chance (of doing sth)
to be likely to do sth: These ​ambitiousprojects only stand a chance of ​happening if they get generous ​financialbacking. I don't ​think they stand a chance of ​winning the ​election.
stand bail (for sb)
UK LAW to ​paymoney 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 ​economicperformance.
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 ​immigrationreform.
stand the test of time
to be popular or ​successful for a ​longtime: We only ​invest in ​companies with ​establishedbrands 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 ​illegalbehaviour: Roberts will stand ​trial next week forinsidertrading.


uk   us   /stænd/
[C] COMMERCE, MARKETING a ​table or ​structure where someone can ​sell or ​advertise their ​products or ​services: There were street ​vendorsselling 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 ​environmentalissues?a stand against/for sth Mr Williams said his organization's stand against the new ​development would not ​change. his outspoken stand for ​humanrightstake/make a stand We decided to take a stand against the ​proposedchanges to the ​law.
[S] LAW →  witness stand : Both the ​chairman and ​chiefexecutive are expected to take the stand in this ​high-profilefraudcase.
(Definition of stand from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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