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Definition of standing adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1existing 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.
  2. 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. 3not moving standing water synonym stagnant see also free-standing
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: standing