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English definition of “withstand”

withstand

verb [T]     /wɪðˈstænd/ (withstood, withstood)
C2 to bear or not be changed by something, or to oppose a person or thing successfully : a bridge designed to withstand earthquakes Our toys are designed to withstand the rough treatment of the average five-year-old. The aircraft base is protected with specially designed shelters which are built to withstand ground and air attacks . She is an artist whose work will undoubtedly withstand the test of time (= it will still be popular in the future ).Tolerating and enduringCoping and not copingDealing with things or people
(Definition of withstand verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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