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Definition of stand by phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


stand by

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to be present while something bad is happening but not do anything to stop it How can you stand by and see him accused of something he didn't do? related noun bystander
  2. 2to be ready for action The troops are standing by. related noun standby

stand by somebody

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to help someone or be friends with them, even in difficult situations her famous song, “Stand by your man”

stand by something

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to still believe or agree with something you said, decided or agreed earlier She still stands by every word she said.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: stand by

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