withstand

  • 1 Withstand — With*stand , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Withstood}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Withstanding}.] [AS. wi[eth]standan. See {With}, prep., and {Stand}.] To stand against; to oppose; to resist, either with physical or moral force; as, to withstand an attack of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 withstand — I verb block, breast, challenge, check, confront, contravene, cope with, counteract, countercheck, countervail, defy, endure, face, face danger, face up to, fight, foil, hamper, hinder, hold out, impede, inhibit, interrupt, last, obsistere,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 withstand — [with stand′, withstand′] vt., vi. withstood, withstanding [ME withstanden < OE withstandan: see WITH & STAND] to oppose, resist, or endure, esp. in a successful way …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 withstand — O.E. wiðstandan, from wið against (see WITH (Cf. with)) + standan to stand (see STAND (Cf. stand) (v.)); perhaps a loan translation of L. resistere to resist (see RESIST (Cf. resist)). Cf. O.N …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 withstand — *resist, contest, oppose, fight, combat, conflict, antagonize Analogous words: *bear, endure, stand, tolerate, suffer: thwart, baffle, balk, foil, *frustrate: assail, *attack, assault Contrasted words: submit, *yield, capitulate …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 withstand — [v] endure, bear brace, brave, buck, combat, confront, contest, cope, cross, defy, dispute, duel, face, fight, fly in the face of*, grapple with, hang on*, hang tough*, hold off*, hold one’s ground*, hold out*, oppose, prevail against, put up… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 withstand — ► VERB (past and past part. withstood) 1) remain undamaged or unaffected by. 2) offer strong resistance or opposition to …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 withstand — verb VERB + WITHSTAND ▪ be able to, be unable to, can ▪ manage to ▪ be built to, be designed to, be made to ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 9 withstand — UK [wɪðˈstænd] / US verb [transitive] Word forms withstand : present tense I/you/we/they withstand he/she/it withstands present participle withstanding past tense withstood UK [wɪðˈstʊd] / US past participle withstood 1) to be strong enough not… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 withstand — with|stand [ wıð stænd ] (past tense and past participle with|stood [ wıð stud ] ) verb transitive 1. ) to be strong enough not to be harmed or destroyed by something: The bunker is designed to withstand a nuclear blast. plants that can withstand …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 withstand — withstander, n. withstandingness, n. /with stand , widh /, v., withstood, withstanding. v.t. 1. to stand or hold out against; resist or oppose, esp. successfully: to withstand rust; to withstand the invaders; to withstand temptation. v.i. 2. to… …

    Universalium

  • 12 withstand — with•stand [[t]wɪθˈstænd, wɪð [/t]] v. stood, stand•ing 1) to resist or oppose, esp. successfully: to withstand the invaders; to withstand temptation[/ex] 2) to bear; tolerate the effects of: to withstand pain[/ex] 3) to stand in opposition;… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 withstand — [[t]wɪðst ʊd[/t]] withstands, withstanding, withstood VERB If something or someone withstands a force or action, they survive it or do not give in to it. [FORMAL] [V n] ...armoured vehicles designed to withstand chemical attack... [V n] Exercise… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 withstand — verb past tense and past participle withstood, (T) 1 to be strong enough to remain unharmed by something such as great heat or cold, great pressure etc: a type of desert bush that can withstand extremes of temperature | withstand the test of time …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 withstand — transitive verb (withstood; standing) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English withstandan, from with against + standan to stand Date: before 12th century 1. a. to stand up against ; oppose with firm determination; especially to resist… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 withstand — with|stand [wıðˈstænd, wıθ ] v past tense and past participle withstood [ ˈstud] [T] [: Old English; Origin: withstandan, from with against + standan to stand ] 1.) to be strong enough to remain unharmed by something such as great heat, cold,… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 withstand — verb it was a miracle that they were able to withstand the brutal winter Syn: resist, weather, survive, endure, cope with, stand, tolerate, bear, stomach, defy, brave, hold out against, tough out, bear up against; stand up to, face, confront …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 withstand — verb a) To resist or endure (something) successfully. b) To oppose (something) forcefully. See Also: notwithstanding, withstanding …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 withstand — Synonyms and related words: be at cross purposes, be proof against, bear, bear up, bear up against, buck, challenge, combat, complain, complain loudly, confront, contend with, contest, counter, counteract, countervail, counterwork, cross, defy,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 withstand — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. face, confront; fight off, oppose, defy. See opposition. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. face, confront, oppose, resist, endure, stand up to, stand up against, hold out*. III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v.… …

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