Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a defensive effort
  2. (noun, act) a stop made by a touring musical or theatrical group to give a performance
  3. (noun, artifact) a platform where a (brass) band can play in the open air
  4. (noun, artifact) a support or foundation
  5. (noun, artifact) a support for displaying various articles
  6. (noun, artifact) a booth where articles are displayed for sale
  7. (noun, artifact) tiered seats consisting of a structure (often made of wood) where people can sit to watch an event (game or parade)
  8. (noun, artifact) a small table for holding articles of various kinds
  9. (noun, cognition) a mental position from which things are viewed
    teaching history gave him a special point of view toward current events
  10. (noun, event) an interruption of normal activity
  11. (noun, group) a growth of similar plants (usually trees) in a particular area
  12. (noun, location) the position where a thing or person stands
  13. (verb, cognition) put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks
    he learned to tolerate the heat
    She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage
  14. (verb, cognition) have or maintain a position or stand on an issue
  15. (verb, competition) withstand the force of something
    stand the test of time
    The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow
  16. (verb, contact) be available for stud services
  17. (verb, contact) be standing; be upright
  18. (verb, contact) put into an upright position
  19. (verb, stative) be in some specified state or condition
  20. (verb, stative) hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright
  21. (verb, stative) be tall; have a height of; copula
  22. (verb, stative) be in effect; be or remain in force
  23. (verb, stative) remain inactive or immobile
  24. (verb, stative) occupy a place or location, also metaphorically

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Stand

lie, sit, yield

Origin of the word Stand

  1. O.E. standan (class VI strong verb; past tense stod, pp. standen), from P.Gmc. *sta-n-d- (cf. O.N. standa, O.S., Goth. standan, O.H.G. stantan, Swed. st?, Du. staan, Ger. stehen), from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (cf. Skt. tisthati "stands," Gk. histemi "cause to stand, set, place," L. s… more
  2. "pause, delay," O.E., from the root of stand (v.). Meaning "place of standing, position" is from c.1300; fig. sense is from 1595. Sense of "action of standing or coming to a position" is attested from 1392, especially in ref. to fighting. Meaning "raised platform for a hunter or sportsman" is attested from c.1400. Sense of "Stall or booth" is first recorded 1508. Military meani… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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