1 [usually in singular] an attitude towards a particular issue:the party’s tough stand on immigrationhis traditionalist stand
a determined effort to resist or fight for something:this was not the moment to make a stand for independencewe have to take a stand against racism
an act of holding one’s ground against or halting to resist an opposing force:Custer’s legendary last stand
Cricketanother term for partnership.they shared a second-wicket stand of 135
2a rack, base, or piece of furniture for holding, supporting, or displaying something:a microphone stand
a small stall or booth in a street, market, or public building from which goods are sold:a hot-dog stand
chiefly British an upright structure on which an organization displays promotional material at an exhibition:stands exhibiting new wines
a raised platform for a band, orchestra, or speaker.
3the place where someone typically stands or sits:she took her stand in front of the desks
a place where vehicles, typically taxis, wait for passengers:a taxi standthe terminal’s facilities include additional aircraft parking stands
(also witness stand) a witness box:Sergeant Harris took the stand
4a large raised tiered structure for spectators, typically at a sporting venue:United’s manager watched from the stands
5 [usually in singular] a cessation from motion or progress:the train drew to a stand by the signal box
the mean sea level at a particular period in the past.
the state of the tide at high or low water when there is little change in water level.
each halt made on a touring theatrical production to give one or more performances.
6a group of growing plants of a specified kind, especially trees:a stand of poplars
7South African a plot of land.
[perhaps from Afrikaans standplaas 'standing place']
1 [no object, usually with adverbial of place] have or maintain an upright position, supported by one’s feet:Lionel stood in the doorwayshe stood still, heart hammering
rise to one’s feet:the two men stood up and shook hands
[no object, with adverbial of direction] move somewhere in an upright position:she stood aside to let them enter
[with object and adverbial of place] place or set in an upright or specified position:don’t stand the plant in direct sunlight
2 [no object, with adverbial of place] (of an object, building, or settlement) be situated in a particular place or position:the town stood on a hillthe hotel stands in three acres of gardens
(of a building or other vertical structure) remain upright and entire rather than fall into ruin or be destroyed:after the storms only one house was left standing
remain valid or unaltered:my decision standshe won 31 caps-a record which stood for 42 years
(especially of a vehicle) remain stationary:the train now standing at platform 3
(of a liquid) collect and remain motionless:soil where water stands in winter
(especially of food) rest without disturbance, typically so as to infuse or marinate:pour boiling water over the fruit and leave it to stand for 5 minutes
[no object, with adverbial of direction] (of a ship) remain on a specified course:the ship was standing north
3 [no object, with complement] be in a specified state or condition:since mother’s death the house had stood emptysorry, darling—I stand corrected
adopt a particular attitude towards a matter or issue:students should consider where they stand on this issue
be of a specified height:Sampson was a small man, standing 5 ft 4 in tall
(stand at) be at (a particular level or value):the budget stood at £2,000 million per annum
[no object, with infinitive] be in a situation where one is likely to do something:investors stood to lose heavily
act in a specified capacity:he stood security for the government’s borrowings
(also stand at stud) [no object] (of a stallion) be available for breeding.
4 [with object and often modal] withstand (an experience or test) without being damaged:small, stable boats that could stand the punishment of heavy seaswill your cooker stand the strain of the festive season?
[with modal and usually negative] informal be able to endure or tolerate:I can’t stand the way Mum talks to himI can’t stand brandy
5 [no object]British be a candidate in an election:he stood for parliament in 1968
6 [no object] act as umpire in a cricket match.
7 [usually with two objects] provide (food or drink) for (someone) at one’s own expense:somebody in the bar would stand him a coffee
as it stands
in its present condition:there are no merits in the Bill as it stands
(also as things stand) in the present circumstances:the country would struggle, as it stands, to host the next World Cup
dated bear the expense of treating someone to something.
be tried in a court of law:he was due to stand trial for spreading propaganda
stand up and be counted
state publicly one’s support for someone or something:those who admire her should stand up and be counted
will the real —— please stand up
informal used rhetorically to indicate that the specified person should clarify their position or reveal their true character:he was so different from the unhappy man of a week ago—would the real Jack Lawrence please stand up?
be unequalled:when it came to fun Fergus stood alone
take no action to prevent, or not involve oneself in, something that is happening:the army had stood aside as the monarchy fell