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


stand for

 phrasal verb
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    stand for something

    [no passive]
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  1. 1(not used in the progressive tenses) to be an abbreviation or symbol of something “The book's by T.C. Smith.” “What does the “T.C.” stand for?”
  2. 2to support something I hated the organization and all it stood for (= the ideas that it supported).
  3. 3not stand for something to not let someone do something or something happen I won't stand for it any longer.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: stand for

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