- 1[usually singular] stand (on something) an attitude toward 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. defense
- 2 [usually singular] a strong effort to defend yourself or your opinion about something We've got to take a stand against further job losses. the rebels' desperate last stand for showing/holding something
- 3 a table or a vertical structure that goods are sold from, especially in the street or at a market synonym stall a hamburger stand see also news-stand
- 4 a table or a vertical structure where things are displayed or advertised, for example at an exhibition a display/an exhibition stand
- 5(often in compounds) a piece of equipment or furniture that you use for holding a particular type of thing a bicycle/microphone/umbrella, etc. stand at sports event
- 6stands [plural] a large sloping structure at the side of a sports field or a stadium with rows where people sit or stand to watch the game Our seats were very high up in the stands. in court
- 7 [usually singular] = witness stand He took the stand as the first witness. for band/orchestra, etc.
- 8a raised platform for a band, an orchestra, a speaker, etc. see also bandstand for taxis/buses, etc.
- 9 a place where taxis, buses, etc. park while they are waiting for passengers of plants/trees
- 10stand (of something) (technology) a group of plants or trees of one kind a stand of pines see also handstand Idioms
opinionnounjump to other results
to refuse to move back; to refuse to change your opinions
stand fast/firmjump to other results
to make your beliefs known and to try to make others follow them They took a firm stand against drugs in the school.
take a firm stand (on/against something)jump to other results