What does withstand mean?

Definitions for withstand
wɪθˈstænd, wɪð-with·stand

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defy, withstand, hold, hold up(verb)

    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 firm(verb)

    stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something


  1. withstand(Verb)

    To resist or endure (something) successfully.

  2. withstand(Verb)

    To oppose (something) forcefully.

  3. Origin: 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

  2. Origin: [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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How to say withstand in sign language?

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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. George Washington:

    Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

  2. Victor Hugo:

    No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.

  3. Agus Wibowo:

    People have to be alert, houses need structures that can withstand quakes.

  4. Julio Bastias:

    The merlot won't be able to withstand the heat and it will have to be harvested earlier.

  5. Kirstjen Nielsen:

    Our system and facilities were never structured to withstand the current influx of immigrants.

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