Definition of “standing” - English Dictionary

“standing” in English

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standingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈstæn.dɪŋ/ us /ˈstæn.dɪŋ/

standing noun [ U ] (REPUTATION)

reputation, rank, or position in an area of activity, system, or organization:

As a pathologist of considerable standing, his opinion will have a lot of influence.
A financial scandal would shake the Institute's standing in the international academic community.

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standingadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈstæn.dɪŋ/ us /ˈstæn.dɪŋ/

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

“standing” in American English

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standingadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈstæn·dɪŋ/

standing adjective [ not gradable ] (PERMANENT)

permanent or always continuing to exist or happen:

African-Americans headed five standing committees in the House of Representatives.

standing adjective [ not gradable ] (VERTICAL)

in a vertical position:

Only one building was left standing after the earthquake.


us /ˈstæn·dɪŋ/

standing noun (RANK)

rank, position, or reputation in an area of activity, system, or organization:

[ U ] Financial scandal will affect the institute’s standing in the academic community.
[ U ] You must pay dues to remain a member in good standing.

Standings are ranked lists of people or things:

[ pl ] the league standings

(Definition of “standing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“standing” in Business English

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standingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈstændɪŋ/ us

the reputation or position that someone or something has in an area of activity or an organization:

Because they are a public limited company, their financial standing is public knowledge.
improve/increase sb's standing

the time for which something has existed:

of a year's, etc. standing The society also offers a Members' Loyalty Bond for investors of two years' standing.
in good standing

a person or an organization in good standing has followed all the necessary official processes and paid the necessary charges:

The bonds were backed by prime bank securities, issued by an acceptable institution in good standing.

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standingadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈstændɪŋ/ us

permanent, rather than created or formed when necessary:

standing committee/contract The state has standing contracts with trucking firms to ensure it can deliver firetrucks as they're needed.

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