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Definition of standing noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the position or reputation of someone or 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. He is a member in good standing of the Church.
  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 For a new team, they're doing pretty well in the standings.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: standing