Meaning of “stand by sb” in the English Dictionary

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"stand by sb" in British English

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stand by sb

phrasal verb with stand uk /stænd/ us /stænd/ verb stood, stood

B2 to continue to support or help someone who is in a difficult situation:

She has vowed to stand by her husband during his trial.

More examples

  • She stood by him through his troubled career.
  • He stood by her through the difficult times.
  • He's my mate and I'm going to stand by him.
  • You have to stand by your friends through thick and through thin.
  • He promised to stand by her if she chose to have the baby.

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