Definition of withstand verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

withstand

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//wɪðˈstænd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪðˈstænd//
 
; BrE BrE//wɪθˈstænd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪθˈstænd//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they withstand
BrE BrE//wɪðˈstænd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪðˈstænd//
 
; BrE BrE//wɪθˈstænd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪθˈstænd//
 
he / she / it withstands
BrE BrE//wɪðˈstændz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪðˈstændz//
 
; BrE BrE//wɪθˈstændz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪθˈstændz//
 
past simple withstood
BrE BrE//wɪðˈstʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪðˈstʊd//
 
; BrE BrE//wɪθˈstʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪθˈstʊd//
 
past participle withstood
BrE BrE//wɪðˈstʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪðˈstʊd//
 
; BrE BrE//wɪθˈstʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪθˈstʊd//
 
-ing form withstanding
BrE BrE//wɪðˈstændɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪðˈstændɪŋ//
 
; BrE BrE//wɪθˈstændɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɪθˈstændɪŋ//
 
 
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withstand something (formal) to be strong enough not to be hurt or damaged by extreme conditions, the use of force, etc. synonym resist, stand up to The materials used have to be able to withstand high temperatures. They had withstood siege, hunger and deprivation. Word Origin Old English withstandan, from the prefix with- ‘against’ + the verb stand.Extra examples The flooring needs to be tough enough to withstand wear. The wooden boat was built to withstand just about every weather condition at sea. The boat was built to withstand just about every weather condition.
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