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



    BrE BrE//stæns//
    , also BrE//stɑːns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//stæns//
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  1. 1stance (on something) the opinions that somebody has about something and expresses publicly synonym position What is the newspaper's stance on the war? He is known for his anti-abortion stance. Judges are increasingly taking a tougher stance on rape.
  2. 2the way in which somebody stands, especially when playing a sport Widen your stance (= move your feet wider apart) for greater stability when hitting the ball.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a standing place): from French, from Italian stanza.Extra examples He has changed his stance on monetary union. He lines up in a three-point stance and rushes quarterbacks. He lounged in an armchair in a stance of deliberate contempt. Her public stance was much tougher than her private feelings on the subject. Lawmakers should take a proactive stance to protect these animals. She stood in a defensive stance. The boxer took up a fighting stance. The president has adopted a hardline stance against abortion. The state has adopted a hard-line stance against abortion. The wife of the accused has maintained an impartial stance throughout the trial. Williams has adjusted his stance and swing. the country maintained a neutral stance during the war. He’s known for his anti-immigration stance. They are beginning to adopt a more critical stance. We do not yet know what stance the government will take. What’s the newspaper’s stance on the war? Widen your stance for greater stability when hitting the ball.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stance