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Meaning of 'stand' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Stand [ n.]
- To be at rest in an erect position; to be fixed in an upright or firm position
- To be supported on the feet, in an erect or nearly erect position; -- opposed to lie, sit, kneel, etc.
- To continue upright in a certain locality, as a tree fixed by the roots, or a building resting on its foundation.
- To occupy or hold a place; to have a situation; to be situated or located; as, Paris stands on the Seine.
- To cease from progress; not to proceed; to stop; to pause; to halt; to remain stationary.
- To remain without ruin or injury; to hold good against tendencies to impair or injure; to be permanent; to endure; to last; hence, to find endurance, strength, or resources.
- To maintain one's ground; to be acquitted; not to fail or yield; to be safe.
- To maintain an invincible or permanent attitude; to be fixed, steady, or firm; to take a position in resistance or opposition.
- To adhere to fixed principles; to maintain moral rectitude; to keep from falling into error or vice.
- To have or maintain a position, order, or rank; to be in a particular relation; as, Christian charity, or love, stands first in the rank of gifts.
- To be in some particular state; to have essence or being; to be; to consist.
- To be consistent; to agree; to accord.
- To hold a course at sea; as, to stand from the shore; to stand for the harbor.
- To offer one's self, or to be offered, as a candidate.
- To stagnate; not to flow; to be motionless.
- To measure when erect on the feet.
- To be or remain as it is; to continue in force; to have efficacy or validity; to abide.
- To appear in court.
2 . Stand [ v. i.]
- The act of standing.
- A halt or stop for the purpose of defense, resistance, or opposition; as, to come to, or to make, a stand.
- A place or post where one stands; a place where one may stand while observing or waiting for something.
- A station in a city or town where carriages or wagons stand for hire; as, a cab stand.
- A raised platform or station where a race or other outdoor spectacle may be viewed; as, the judge's or the grand stand at a race course.
- A small table; also, something on or in which anything may be laid, hung, or placed upright; as, a hat stand; an umbrella stand; a music stand.
- A place where a witness stands to testify in court.
- The situation of a shop, store, hotel, etc.; as, a good, bad, or convenient stand for business.
- Rank; post; station; standing.
- A state of perplexity or embarrassment; as, to be at a stand what to do.
- A young tree, usually reserved when other trees are cut; also, a tree growing or standing upon its own root, in distinction from one produced from a scion set in a stock, either of the same or another kind of tree.
- A weight of from two hundred and fifty to three hundred pounds, -- used in weighing pitch.
3 . Stand [ v. t.]
- To endure; to sustain; to bear; as, I can not stand the cold or the heat.
- To resist, without yielding or receding; to withstand.
- To abide by; to submit to; to suffer.
- To set upright; to cause to stand; as, to stand a book on the shelf; to stand a man on his feet.
- To be at the expense of; to pay for; as, to stand a treat.

Meaning of 'stand' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . stand [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a small table for holding articles of various kinds
Example in sentence:
  • a bedside stand
Meaning (2):
- a stop made by a touring musical or theatrical group to give a performance
Example in sentence:
  • a one-night stand
Meaning (3):
- a mental position from which things are viewed
Example in sentence:
  • teaching history gave him a special point of view toward current events;
  • we should consider this problem from the viewpoint of the Russians
Meaning (4):
- a defensive effort
Example in sentence:
  • the army made a final stand at the Rhone
Meaning (5):
- a support or foundation
Example in sentence:
  • the base of the lamp
Meaning (6):
- a support for displaying various articles
Example in sentence:
  • the newspapers were arranged on a rack
Meaning (7):
- a growth of similar plants (usually trees) in a particular area
Example in sentence:
  • they cut down a stand of trees
8 . stand [ v]
Meaning (8):
- put into an upright position
Example in sentence:
  • Can you stand the bookshelf up?
Meaning (9):
- put up with something or somebody unpleasant
Example in sentence:
  • he learned to tolerate the heat;
  • I cannot bear his constant criticism;
  • She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage;
  • The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks
Meaning (10):
- hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright
Example in sentence:
  • I am standing my ground and won't give in!
Meaning (11):
- be in some specified state or condition
Example in sentence:
  • I stand corrected
Meaning (12):
- be available for stud services
Example in sentence:
  • male domestic animals such as stallions serve selected females
Meaning (13):
- be tall; have a height of; copula
Example in sentence:
  • She stands 6 feet tall
Meaning (14):
- withstand the force of something
Example in sentence:
  • stand the test of time;
  • The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow;
  • The trees resisted her
Meaning (15):
- remain inactive or immobile
Example in sentence:
  • standing water
Meaning (16):
- be in effect; be or remain in force
Example in sentence:
  • The law stands!
Meaning (17):
- be standing; be upright
Example in sentence:
  • We had to stand for the entire performance!
Meaning (18):
- occupy a place or location, also metaphorically
Example in sentence:
  • We stand on common ground
Meaning (19):
- have or maintain a position or stand on an issue
Example in sentence:
  • Where do you stand on the War?