- 1 existing or arranged permanently, not formed or made for a particular situation a standing army a standing committee It's a standing joke (= something that a group of people regularly laugh at). We have a standing invitation to visit them anytime.
- 2done from a position in which you are standing rather than sitting or running a standing jump/start The speaker got a standing ovation (= people stood up to clap after the speech).
- 3 not moving standing water synonym stagnant see also free-standing
NAmE//ˈstændɪŋ//[only before noun]