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Definitions for withstand
wɪθˈstænd, wɪð-with·stand

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defy, withstand, hold, hold upverb

    resist or confront with resistance

    "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"

  2. resist, hold out, withstand, stand firmverb

    stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something


  1. withstandverb

    To resist or endure (something) successfully.

    Etymology: wiðstandan (wið "against" + standan "to stand")

  2. withstandverb

    To oppose (something) forcefully.

    Etymology: wiðstandan (wið "against" + standan "to stand")

Webster Dictionary

  1. Withstand

    to stand against; to oppose; to resist, either with physical or moral force; as, to withstand an attack of troops; to withstand eloquence or arguments

    Etymology: [AS. wistandan. See With, prep., and Stand.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Withstand

    with-stand′, v.t. to stand against: to oppose or resist:—pa.t. and pa.p. Withstood′.—n. Withstand′er.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. withstand

    To oppose; to resist; as, to withstand the attack of troops.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of withstand in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of withstand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of withstand in a Sentence

  1. Free Patriotic Movement.Ali Damoush:

    We have always warned that the wrong economic policies and the imposition of more taxes and burdens on citizens will lead to a popular explosion, people have reached a difficult stage and no longer have the ability to withstand further deterioration in the living situation.

  2. Dick Durbin:

    It's no coincidence that the Sessions memo was quietly signed on the same day the President was making major headlines for firing FBI Director Comey because of his investigation of Trump — this policy is unjust and unwise and can't withstand even minimal public scrutiny.

  3. Michael Hewson:

    Investors are veering between confidence that the U.S. economy is still performing well enough to withstand a rate rise, to an expectation that if it's not, the Fed will remain on hold.

  4. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:

    Serious work must take place. We can withstand the sanctions and neutralize and foil the enemy's goals. If we don't, the enemy would proceed and place conditions on our nuclear program and impose sanctions, if sanctions are to be the way, the Iranian nation can also do it. A big collection of the world's oil and gas is in Iran so Iran if necessary can hold back on the gas that Europe and the world is so dependent on.

  5. Mark Carney:

    It will pass, the medical situation will pass. With time there will be a vaccine, the spread of the virus will be arrested. We don't know exactly what that period of time is, nor do the expert epidemiologists, they talk in terms of scenarios and probabilities, quite rightly so, we have the resilience in the system that has been built up over a decade that can withstand all of those scenarios.

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    someone who takes the place of another person
    • A. sought
    • B. alternate
    • C. transparent
    • D. tight

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