Definition of stand noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//stænd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//stænd//
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  1. 1  [usually singular] stand (on something) an attitude towards something or an opinion that you make clear to people to take a firm stand on something He was criticized for his tough stand on immigration.
  2. defence
  3. 2  [usually singular] a strong effort to defend yourself or your opinion about something We must make a stand against further job losses. the rebels’ desperate last stand
  4. for showing/holding something
  5. 3  a table or a vertical structure that goods are sold from, especially in the street or at a market synonym stall a hamburger/newspaper stand see also news stand
  6. 4  (especially British English) a table or a vertical structure where things are displayed or advertised, for example at an exhibition a display/an exhibition/a trade stand Oxford University Press’s stand at the book fair
  7. 5  (often in compounds) a piece of equipment or furniture that you use for holding a particular type of thing a bicycle/microphone/cake, etc. stand see also hatstand, music stand, nightstand, washstand
  8. at sports ground
  9. 6  a large sloping structure at a stadium with rows where people sit or stand to watch the game We had seats in the east stand. see also grandstand See related entries: Soccer
  10. in court
  11. 7  [usually singular] = witness box He took the stand as the first witness.
  12. in cricket
  13. 8  [usually singular] the period of time in which two people who are batting (= hitting the ball) play together and score points Clinch and Harris shared an opening stand of 69.
  14. for band/orchestra, etc.
  15. 9  a raised platform for a band, an orchestra, a speaker, etc. see also bandstand
  16. for taxis/buses, etc.
  17. 10  a place where taxis, buses, etc. park while they are waiting for passengers compare taxi rank
  18. of plants/trees
  19. 11  stand (of something) (specialist) a group of plants or trees of one kind a stand of pines
  20. of land
  21. 12  (South African English) a piece of land that you can buy and use for building a house, etc. on A developer bought the land and divided it into stands.
  22. see also handstand, one-night stand
    Word OriginOld English standan (verb), stand (noun), of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin stare and Greek histanai, also by the noun stead.Extra examples I’ll be on the stand for two hours. Our company has a display stand at this year’s fair. The magazine will hit the stands in April. There was some flute music open on the music stand. We can get a magazine at the newspaper stand. We took it in turns to man the exhibition stand. You’ll find brochures of our new products on the stand. to make a stand against industries that contribute to river pollution A crowd lined up outside her newspaper stand. He never made any real stand on the question of regional independence. I admire her stand against intolerance. People crowded round Oxford University Press’s stand at the book fair. We need to take a tough stand on tax avoidance.Idioms to refuse to move back; to refuse to change your opinions
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