American English

Definition of stand verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stand
    he / she / it stands
    past simple stood
    -ing form standing
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    on feet/be vertical
  1. 1[intransitive] to be on your feet; to be in a vertical position She was too weak to stand. a bird standing on one leg Don't just stand there—do something! I was standing only a few feet away. We all stood around in the corridor waiting. to stand on your head/hands (= to be upside down, balancing on your head/hands) After the earthquake, only a few houses were left standing. + adj. Stand still while I take your photo.
  2. 2[intransitive] to get up onto your feet from another position Everyone stood when the president came in. stand up We stood up in order to get a better view.
  3. put upright
  4. 3[transitive] stand something/somebody + adv./prep. to put something or someone in a vertical position somewhere Stand the ladder up against the wall. I stood the little girl on a chair so that she could see.
  5. be in place/condition
  6. 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to be in a particular place The castle stands on the site of an ancient battlefield. An old oak tree once stood here.
  7. 5[intransitive] (+ adj.) to be in a particular condition or situation The house stood empty for a long time. “You're wrong about the date—it was 1988.” “I stand corrected (= accept that I was wrong).” You never know where you stand with her—one minute she's friendly, the next she'll hardly speak to you. As things stand, there is little chance of a quick settlement of the dispute.
  8. be at height/level
  9. 6[intransitive] + noun (not used in the progressive tenses) to be a particular height The tower stands 60 feet high.
  10. 7[intransitive] stand at something to be at a particular level, amount, height, etc. Interest rates stand at 3%. The world record then stood at 6.59 meters.
  11. of car/train, etc.
  12. 8[intransitive] + adv./prep. to be in a particular place, especially while waiting to go somewhere The bus standing at platform 3 is for Kansas City.
  13. of liquid/mixture
  14. 9[intransitive] to remain still, without moving or being moved Mix the batter and let it stand for twenty minutes. standing pools of rainwater
  15. offer/decision
  16. 10[intransitive] if an offer, a decision, etc. made earlier stands, it is still valid My offer still stands. The world record stood for 20 years.
  17. be likely to do something
  18. 11[intransitive] stand to do something to be in a situation where you are likely to do something You stand to make a lot from this deal.
  19. have opinion
  20. 12[intransitive] stand (on something) to have a particular attitude or opinion about something or towards somebody Where do you stand on private education?
  21. dislike
  22. 13[transitive, no passive] (not used in the progressive tenses) used especially in negative sentences and questions to emphasize that you do not like someone or something synonym bear stand somebody/something Ican't stand his brother. I can't stand the sight of blood. Ican't stand it when you do that. stand doing something She couldn't stand being kept waiting. stand somebody/something doing something I can't stand people interrupting constantly. How do you stand him being here constantly? Thesaurushatedislike can't stand despise can't bear loathe detestThese words all mean to have a strong feeling of dislike for someone or something.hate to have a strong feeling of dislike for someone or something Although hate is generally a very strong verb, it is also commonly used in spoken or informal English to talk about people or things that you dislike in a less important way, for example a particular type of food:He hates violence in any form. I've always hated cabbage.dislike (somewhat formal) to not like someone or something Dislike is a somewhat formal word; it is less formal, and more usual, to say that you don't like someone or something, especially in spoken English:I don't like it when you call me so late at night.can't stand (somewhat informal) used to emphasize that you really do not like someone or something:I can't stand his brother. She couldn't stand to be kept waiting.despise to dislike and have no respect for someone or something:He despised himself for being so cowardly.can't bear used to say that you dislike something so much that you cannot accept or deal with it:I can't bear the thought of being without you.can't stand or can't bear?In many cases you can use either expression, but can't bear is stronger and more formal than can't stand.loathe (formal) to hate someone or something very much:They loathe each other. Loathe is generally an even stronger verb than hate, but it can also be used more informally to say that you “really don't like” something:I loathe country music.detest (somewhat formal) to hate someone or something very much:They absolutely detest each other.Patterns I hate/dislike/can't stand/can't bear/loathe/detest doing something I hate/can't stand to do something I hate/dislike/can't stand/can't bear it when… I really hate/dislike/can't stand/despise/can't bear/detest somebody/something I absolutely hate/can't stand/loathe/detest somebody/something
  23. survive treatment
  24. 14[transitive] stand something used especially with can/could to say that someone or something can survive something or can tolerate something without being hurt or damaged His heart won't stand the strain much longer. Modern plastics can stand very high and very low temperatures.
  25. Thesaurusstandget up stand up rise get to your feet be on your feetThese words all mean to be in an upright position with your weight on your feet, or to put yourself in this position.stand to be in an upright position with your weight on your feet:She was too weak to stand. Stand still while the x-ray is being taken. Stand is usually used with an adverb or prepositional phrase to show where or how someone stands, but sometimes another phrase or clause is used to show what someone does while they are standing:We stood talking for a few minutes. He stood and gazed out the window.get up to get into a standing position from a sitting, kneeling, or lying position:Please don't get up!stand up to be in a standing position; to stand after sitting:Stand up straight! Everyone stood up when the teacher entered the classroom.stand, get up, or stand up?Stand usually means “to be in a standing position” but can also mean “to get into a standing position”. Stand up can be used with either of these meanings, but its use is more restricted: it is used especially when someone tells someone or a group of people to stand. Get up is the most frequent way of saying “get into a standing position”, and this can be from a sitting, kneeling, or lying position; if you stand up, this is nearly always after sitting, especially on a chair. If you want to tell someone politely that they do not need to move from their chair, use get up:Please don't stand up!rise (formal) to get into a standing position from a sitting, kneeling, or lying position:Would you all rise, please, to sing the national anthem.get to your feet to stand up after sitting, kneeling, or lying:I helped her to get to her on your feet to be standing up:I've been on my feet all day. Phrasal Verbsstand asidestand back (from something)stand between somebody/something and somethingstand bystand by somebodystand by somethingstand downstand for somethingstand in (for somebody)stand out (as something)stand out (from/against something)stand over somebodystand upstand somebody upstand up (to something)stand up for somebody/somethingstand up to somebodystand up to something
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