withstand

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 extremes of temperature
Their marriage did not withstand four years' separation during the war.
2. ) to be able to deal with a difficult situation:
Would she be able to withstand the intense media pressure?

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

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