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stand

verb
 
 
/stænd/ ( past tense and past participle stood)
ON FEET [I] A2 to be in a vertical position on your feet: We'd been standing for hours. He's standing over there, next to Karen.Sitting and standing
RISE [I] ( also stand up) A2 to rise to a vertical position on your feet from sitting or lying down: I get dizzy if I stand up too quickly. Please stand when the bride arrives. Sitting and standing
stand in line US ( UK queue) to wait for something as part of a line of people: We stood in line all afternoon.Sitting and standingStaying and remainingWaitingWaitingStaying and remaining
stand (sth) in/against/by, etc sth B2 to be in or to put something in a particular place or position: His walking stick stood by the door. You'll have to stand the sofa on its end to get it through the door.Placing and positioning an object
can't stand sb/sth informal B1 to hate someone or something: I can't stand him. [+ doing sth] She can't stand doing housework.Not liking
ACCEPT [T] to be able to accept or deal with a difficult situation: She couldn't stand the pressures of the job. The pain was more than he could stand.Tolerating and enduringCoping and not copingDealing with things or people
stand at sth to be at a particular level, amount, height, etc: Inflation currently stands at 3 percent.Measurements in general
where you stand on sth what your opinion is about something: We asked the senator where she stood on gun control.Opinions, beliefs and points of view
where you stand (with sb) what someone thinks about you, how they expect you to behave, and how they are likely to behave: She said she will never leave her husband, so now at least I know where I stand.Being, becoming friends and getting to know someone
OFFER [I] If an offer still stands, it still exists: You're welcome to visit any time - my invitation still stands.Existing and being
as it stands as something is now, without changes in it: The law as it stands is very unclear.NowSituations and circumstances
stand trial If someone stands trial, they appear in a law court where people decide if they are guilty of a crime: to stand trial for murderCourt cases, orders and decisions
stand to gain/lose sth to be in a situation where you can get/lose money or an advantage: He stands to gain a fortune if the company is sold.Taking risksGambling and bookmaking
(Definition of stand verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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