stand(stand),USA pronunciationv.,stood, stand•ing,n., pl.stands for 43–63, stands, stand for 64. v.i.
(of a person) to be in an upright position on the feet.
to rise to one's feet (often fol. by up).
to have a specified height when in this position:a basketball player who stands six feet seven inches.
to stop or remain motionless or steady on the feet.
to take a position or place as indicated:to stand aside.
to remain firm or steadfast, as in a cause.
to take up or maintain a position or attitude with respect to a person, issue, or the like:to stand as sponsor for a person.
to have or adopt a certain policy, course, or attitude, as of adherence, support, opposition, or resistance:He stands for free trade.
(of things) to be in an upright or vertical position, be set on end, or rest on or as on a support.
to be set, placed, fixed, located, or situated:The building stands at 34th Street and 5th Avenue.
(of an account, score, etc.) to show, be, or remain as indicated; show the specified position of the parties concerned:The score stood 18 to 14 at the half.
to remain erect or whole; resist change, decay, or destruction (often fol. by up):The ruins still stand. The old building stood up well.
to continue in force or remain valid:The agreement stands as signed.
to remain still, stationary, or unused:The bicycle stood in the basement all winter.
to be or become stagnant, as water.
(of persons or things) to be or remain in a specified state, condition, relation, relative position, etc.:He stood in jeopardy of losing his license.
to have the possibility or likelihood:He stands to gain a sizable profit through the sale of the house.
British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]to become or be a candidate, as for public office (usually fol. by for).
, Nautical, Naval Termsto take or hold a particular course at sea.
, Nautical, Naval Termsto move in a certain direction:to stand offshore.
Animal Husbandry(of a male domestic animal, esp. a stud) to be available as a sire, usually for a fee:Three Derby winners are now standing in Kentucky.
to cause to stand; set upright; set:Stand the chair by the lamp.
to face or encounter:to stand an assault.
to undergo or submit to:to stand trial.
to endure or undergo without harm or damage or without giving way:His eyes are strong enough to stand the glare.
British Termsto endure or tolerate:She can't stand her father.
to treat or pay for:I'll stand you to a drink when the manuscript is in.
to perform the duty of or participate in as part of one's job or duty:to stand watch aboard ship.
stand a chance or show, to have a chance or possibility, esp. of winning or surviving:He's a good shortstop but doesn't stand a chance of making the major leagues because he can't hit.
to uphold; support:She stood by him whenever he was in trouble.
to adhere to (an agreement, promise, etc.); affirm:She stood by her decision despite her sister's arguments.
to stand ready; wait:Please stand by while I fix this antenna.
to get ready to speak, act, etc., as at the beginning of a radio or television program.
to be ready to board a plane, train, or other transport if accommodations become available at the last minute.
Lawto leave the witness stand.
to step aside; withdraw, as from a competition:I agreed to stand down so that she could run for the nomination unopposed.
to leave or take out of active work or service:to stand down some of the ships in the fleet.
to represent; symbolize:P.S. stands for "postscript.''
to advocate; favor:He stands for both freedom and justice.
[Informal.]to tolerate; allow:I won't stand for any nonsense!
stand in with:
to be in association or conspiracy with.
to enjoy the favor of; be on friendly terms with.
to keep or stay at a distance.
to put off; evade.
to depend on; rest on:The case stands on his testimony.
to be particular about; demand:to stand on ceremony.
Naval Terms[Naut.]to maintain a course and speed.
to project; protrude:The piers stand out from the harbor wall.
to be conspicuous or prominent:She stands out in a crowd.
to persist in opposition or resistance; be inflexible.
Naval Terms[Naut.]to maintain a course away from shore.
to supervise very closely; watch constantly:He won't work unless someone stands over him.
to put aside temporarily; postpone:to let a project stand over until the following year.
Gamesstand pat. See pat2 (def. 6).
to continue to hold; persist in:to stand to one's statement.
to keep at steadily:Stand to your rowing, men!
to wait in readiness; stand by:Stand to for action.
stand to reason. See reason (def. 11).
to come to or remain in a standing position:to stand up when being introduced.
to remain strong, convincing, or durable:The case will never stand up in court. Wool stands up better than silk.
[Slang.]to fail to keep an appointment with (someone, esp. a sweetheart or date):I waited for Kim for an hour before I realized I'd been stood up.
stand up for:
to defend the cause of; support:No one could understand why he stood up for an incorrigible criminal.
to serve a bridegroom or bride, as best man or maid (matron) of honor.
stand up to, to meet or deal with fearlessly; confront:to stand up to a bully.
the act of standing; an assuming of or a remaining in an upright position.
a cessation of motion; halt or stop.
a determined effort for or against something, esp. a final defensive effort:Custer's last stand.
a determined policy, position, attitude, etc., taken or maintained:We must take a stand on political issues.
the place in which a person or thing stands; station.
LawSee witness stand.
a raised platform, as for a speaker, a band, or the like.
stands, a raised section of seats for spectators; grandstand.
a framework on or in which articles are placed for support, exhibition, etc.:a hat stand.
Furniturea piece of furniture of various forms, on or in which to put articles (often used in combination):a nightstand; a washstand.
Furniturea small, light table.
a stall, booth, counter, or the like, where articles are displayed for sale or where some business is carried on:a fruit stand.
newsstand:The papers usually hit the stands at 5a.m.
a site or location for business:After 20 years the ice-cream vendor was still at the same stand.
a place or station occupied by vehicles available for hire:a taxicab stand.
the vehicles occupying such a place.
Botanythe growing trees, or those of a particular species or grade, in a given area.
Botanya standing growth, as of grass, wheat, etc.
a halt of a theatrical company on tour, to give a performance or performances:a series of one-night stands on the strawhat trail.
the town at which a touring theatrical company gives a performance.
hive (def. 2).
Metallurgya rolling unit in a rolling mill.
Military[Chiefly Brit.]a complete set of arms or accoutrements for one soldier.
Lawtake the stand, to testify in a courtroom.
bef. 900; Middle English standen (verb, verbal), Old English standan; cognate with Old Saxon standan, Middle Dutch standen, Old High German stantan, standa, standan; akin to Latin stāre to stand, sistere, Greek histánai to make stand, Sanskrit sthā to stand, Old Irish at-tá (he) is
25.See corresponding entry in Unabridged abide, stomach. See bear1.