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withstand

[with-stand, with-] /wɪθˈstænd, wɪð-/
verb (used with object), withstood, withstanding.
1.
to stand or hold out against; resist or oppose, especially successfully:
to withstand rust; to withstand the invaders; to withstand temptation.
verb (used without object), withstood, withstanding.
2.
to stand in opposition; resist.
Origin of withstand
900
before 900; Middle English withstanden, Old English withstandan (see with-, stand); cognate with Old Norse vithstanda; akin to German widerstehen
Related forms
withstander, noun
withstandingness, noun
unwithstanding, adjective
unwithstood, adjective
Synonyms
1. confront, face. See oppose.
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withstand

/wɪðˈstænd/
verb -stands, -standing, -stood
1.
(transitive) to stand up to forcefully; resist
2.
(intransitive) to remain firm in endurance or opposition
Derived Forms
withstander, noun
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Word Origin and History for withstand
v.

Old English wiðstandan, from wið "against" (see with) + standan "to stand" (see stand (v.)); perhaps a loan-translation of Latin resistere "to resist" (see resist). Cf. Old Norse viðstanda, Old Frisian withstonda, Old High German widarstan. In 14c. and early 15c., withsit was in use with the same meaning. Related: Withstood; withstanding.

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