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Definition of withstand verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    withstand

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//wɪθˈstænd//
     
    , NAmE//wɪðˈstænd//
     
    withstand something (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they withstand
     
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    he / she / it withstands
     
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    past simple withstood
     
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    -ing form withstanding
     
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  1. 1to be strong enough not to be hurt or damaged by extreme conditions, the use of force, etc. synonym resist synonym stand up to something
  2. 2 The materials used have to be able to withstand high temperatures. They had withstood siege, hunger, and deprivation.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: withstand