Definition of stand by phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

stand by

 phrasal verb
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  1. 1  to 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. 2  to be ready for action The troops are standing by. related noun standby
 to help somebody or be friends with them, even in difficult situations her famous song, ‘Stand by your man’
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 American Dictionary entry: stand by

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