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



    BrE BrE//ˈstændɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstændɪŋ//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the position or reputation of somebody/something within a group of people or in an organization synonym status the high/low standing of politicians with the public The contract has no legal standing.
  2. 2[uncountable] the period of time that something has existed a friendship of many years’ standing see also long-standing
  3. 3standings [plural] a list of people, teams, etc. showing their positions in a sports competition He remains at the top of the championship standings.
  4. Extra examples His standing as a movie director has risen in recent years. Professor Greenan has a high standing in the academic world. She married into a family of higher social standing. She was appointed for her high moral standing with the general public. Their relationship is of many years’ standing. a knight in good standing with the king a member in good standing of the movement her low standing among her fellow scientists his international standing in cancer research A coat of arms reflected the standing of its owner. Her mother was of the highest social standing. The prime minister needs to improve his standing with the public. Their standing as a profession has declined in recent years.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: standing