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Usage statistics for the verb stand:

spoken English40.98%written English59.02% conversational speech52.44%task-oriented speech47.56% imaginative writing80.7%informational writing19.3%
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Definition of Stand

What does Stand mean?


  1. a support or foundation
    • synonyms of stand: base / pedestal
    • more generic word: support = any device that bears the weight of another thing
    • more specific terms:
      • brass monkey = a metal stand that formerly held cannon balls on sailing ships
      • staddle = a base or platform on which hay or corn is stacked
      • trivet = a stand with short feet used under a hot dish on a table
      • trivet = a three-legged metal stand for supporting a cooking vessel in a hearth
  2. the position where a thing or person stands
    • more generic words: place / position = the particular portion of space occupied by something
    • more specific terms: taxi rank / taxistand / cabstand = a place where taxis park while awaiting customers
  3. a growth of similar plants (usually trees) in a particular area
    • example: they cut down a stand of trees
    • more generic words: botany / flora / vegetation = all the plant life in a particular region or period
  4. a small table for holding articles of various kinds
    • example: a bedside stand
    • more generic word: table = a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs
    • more specific terms: reading desk / lectern = desk or stand with a slanted top used to hold a text at the proper height for a lecturer
  5. a support for displaying various articles
    • synonym of stand: rack
    • more generic word: support = any device that bears the weight of another thing
    • more specific terms:
      • bier = a stand to support a corpse or a coffin prior to burial
      • cruet-stand = a stand for cruets containing various condiments
      • dress rack = a rack used primarily to display dresses for sale in a store
      • magazine rack = a rack for displaying magazines
      • music stand / music rack = a light stand for holding sheets of printed music
      • spice rack = a rack for displaying containers filled with spices
      • tripod = a three-legged rack used for support
    • part: spit = a skewer for holding meat over a fire
  6. an interruption of normal activity
  7. a mental position from which things are viewed
  8. a booth where articles are displayed for sale
    • synonyms of stand: sales booth / stall
    • more generic word: booth = a small shop at a fair
    • more specific terms:
      • coffee stall = a stand (usually movable) selling hot coffee and food
      • newsstand = a stall where newspapers and other periodicals are sold
  9. a stop made by a touring musical or theatrical group to give a performance
    • example: a one-night stand
    • more generic words: layover / stop / stopover = a brief stay in the course of a journey
  10. tiered seats consisting of a structure (often made of wood) where people can sit to watch an event (game or parade)
    • more generic term: tiered seat = seating that is arranged in sloping tiers so that spectators in the back can see over the heads of those in front
    • more specific terms:
      • bleachers = an outdoor grandstand without a roof
      • covered stand / grandstand = a stand at a racecourse or stadium consisting of tiers with rows of individual seats that are under a protective roof
      • reviewing stand = a stand from which a parade or military force can be reviewed
    • part of:
  11. a platform where a (brass) band can play in the open air
  12. a defensive effort
    • example: the army made a final stand at the Rhone
    • more generic terms: defence / defense / defensive measure = military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
    • more specific words: repulsion / standoff = the act of repulsing or repelling an attack

verb (stood)

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  1. be standing; be upright
    • examples: We had to stand for the entire performance! | The chairs stand in the corner
    • synonym of stand: stand up
    • antonyms of stand: sit; lie
    • more generic word: rest = not move
    • more specific terms:
      • ramp = stand with arms or forelegs raised, as if menacing
      • stand back = stand away from an object or person
      • queue up / line up / queue = form a queue, form a line, stand in line
    • entailment: arise / get up / rise / stand up / uprise = rise to one's feet
  2. be in some specified state or condition
    • example: I stand corrected
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  3. occupy a place or location, also metaphorically
    • example: We stand on common ground
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  4. hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright
  5. put up with something or somebody unpleasant
  6. have or maintain a position or stand on an issue
    • example: Where do you stand on the War?
    • more generic terms: evaluate / judge / pass judgment = form a critical opinion of
    • more specific words: align / array = align oneself with a group or a way of thinking
  7. remain inactive or immobile
    • example: standing water
    • more generic words: remain / rest / stay = stay the same
  8. be in effect; be or remain in force
    • example: The law stands!
    • more generic word: continue = exist over a prolonged period of time
    • more specific word: wash = admit to testing or proof
  9. be tall; have a height of; copula
    • example: She stands 6 feet tall
    • more generic word: measure = have certain dimensions
  10. put into an upright position
  11. withstand the force of something
  12. be available for stud services

Alternative definition


  1. A defensive position or effort. [rfex]
  2. A resolute, unwavering position; firm opinion; action for a purpose in the face of opposition.
  3. A period of performance in a given location or venue.
  4. A device to hold something upright or aloft.
  5. The platform on which a witness testifies in court; the witness stand or witness box.
  6. A particular grove or other group of trees or shrubs.
  7. [context: forestry] A contiguous group of trees sufficiently uniform in age-class distribution, composition, and structure, and growing on a site of sufficiently uniform quality, to be a distinguishable unit.
  8. A standstill, a motionless state, as of someone confused, or a hunting dog who has found game.
  9. A small building, booth, or stage, as in a bandstand or hamburger stand.
  10. A designated spot where someone or something may stand or wait: taxi stand.
  11. [sport] grandstand [qualifier, often in plural]
  12. [cricket] A partnership.
  13. [military, plural often 'stand'] A single set, as of arms.

Phrases with Stand

Phrases starting with the word Stand:

  1. stand by
  2. stand in
  3. stand up
  4. stand-in
  5. stand-to
  6. stand-up
  7. stand for
  8. Stand Off
  9. stand oil
  10. stand out
  11. stand pat
  12. stand back
  13. stand down

Phrases ending with the word Stand:

  1. Keg Stand
  2. At a Stand
  3. coat stand
  4. Cock-Stand
  5. Dish Stand
  6. home stand
  7. Ring Stand

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  1. "Stand" a.k.a. "Stand!" is the fourth studio album by soul/funk band Sly and the Family Stone, released May 3, 1969 on Epic Records. Written and produced by lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone, Stand! was the band's breakout album. It went on to sell over three million copies and become one of the most successful albums of the 1960s. The album sold over 500,000 copies in the year of its release and was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America on December 4, 1969. By 1986, it had sold well over 1 million copies and had been certified platinum in sales by the RIAA on November 26 of that same year. Stand! is considered one of the artistic high-points of the band's career and includes several landmark songs, among them hit singles, such as "Sing a Simple Song", "I Want to Take You Higher", "Stand!", and "Everyday People". In 2003, the album was ranked number 118 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
  2. "Stand" is a song by R.E.M. released as the second single from the album Green in 1989. The song quickly rose up the charts, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming R.E.M.'s second top 10 hit in the United States. The song reached #48 on the UK Singles Charts. The song reached #16 in Canada.
  3. "Stand" is a single by country music band Rascal Flatts. It is the fourth single released from their Me and My Gang album. The song became their seventh number-one hit on Hot Country Songs chart on the week of May 12, 2007.
  4. "Stand" a.k.a. "Stand!" is a 1969 song by the soul/rock/funk band Sly and the Family Stone. The song's title and lyrics are a call for its listeners to "stand" up for themselves, their communities, and what they believe in. Like nearly all of Sly & the Family Stone's songs, Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart was credited as the sole songwriter.
  5. "Stand" is a song by American recording artist Lenny Kravitz taken from his ninth album, Black and White America (2011). It was released as the album's lead single and the iTunes download release date for the song was June 3, 2011. The song was written by Kravitz about a close friend, who was paralyzed from the waist down from an accident, who later recovered.
  6. "Stand" is a song by American pop singer–songwriter Jewel from her fourth studio album, 0304 (2003). Written and produced by Jewel and Lester Mendez, and released as the album's second single in October 2003 in the United States and later on internationally, the single failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. It reached number sixteen on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart, and also became Jewel's third consecutive chart-topper on the Hot Dance Club Play.
  7. "Stand" is a song by American Hard rock band Poison, it was the 1st single from their 1993 Native Tongue album. The song reached number 15 on the Mainstream rock chart, #35 on the top 40 mainstream chart and #50 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also charted at number 25 on the UK Singles chart, it was also the first Poison single and music video to feature lead guitarist Richie Kotzen.
  8. "Stand" is Michael W. Smith's twentieth album.
  9. "Stand" is the debut album by Breaking the Silence now known as The Letter Black. The album was released on August 7, 2007.


  1. Stand: A Stand is a supernatural power in the manga and anime JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. When first presented, the kanji used is yūhamon with スタンド over it; it means ghostly ripple and it is similar to the ripple of the first two parts.
  2. Stand: A Stand is two or three joints of drill pipe connected and stood in the derrick vertically, usually while tripping pipe. A stand of collars is similar, only made up of collars and a collar head. The collar head is screwed into the collar to allow it to be picked up by the elevators.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Stand

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Google previewThe Essential Scottish Football Fan (2004)

by Duncan Adams

The Main Stand is a simple top level and enclosure design stretching only halfway along the pitch straddling the halfway line.

The Away stand is the Caledonia, or West stand, which is situated at one end of the pitch. This can hold 3,000 away fans but is rarely used completely. The most unusual thing about this stand is that it has a large external staircase on one side, which the away support climbs ;...

Google previewForensic Podiatry (2011)

Principles and Methods by John A. DiMaggio, Wesley Vernon OBE

The copy stand is an item of equipment used widely by amateur and professional photographers alike. A copy stand is a heavy-based unit with a calibrated vertical sliding mount upon which a camera is mounted (Fig. 3.1). The camera is...

The copy stand is the support of preference for the capture and handling of evidence photography in the typical laboratory or workbench situation. Its advantages are ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the arts, sciences, literature, etc. : intended to supersede the use of other books of reference (1816)

To Stand for. To maintain ; to profets to support. — Those □which stood fir the presbytery thought their cause had more sympathy with the discipline of ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature (1811)

give him a cadenced pace, to teach him to rein back, or retreat, to move sideways , to stand fire, and to leap. — In our days, this business forms a part of military tatties. Of RIDING, or the ART of HORSEMANSHIP. Feats of horsemanship, such  ...

Google previewSlang. A dictionary of the turf, the ring, the chase, the pit, of bon-ton, and the varieties of life, forming the completest and most authentic lexicon balatronicum ... of the sporting world, etc (1823)

by Jon BEE (pseud. [i.e. John Badcock.])

Queer bail are ' stag :' those men who being hired ' at a guinea or two per oath, to swear they are worth vast sums, stand about the judges' chambers in term-time, giving out cards, of address, which are commonly their whole stock in trade.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Ecology, Five-Volume Set (2008)

Stand tables have been developed for many decades to provide estimates of forest productivity over Model Evaluation Summary Further Reading the life of ...

Google previewThe Giant Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for Three-year-olds (2004)

by Kathy Charner, Maureen Murphy

To teach spatial concepts, ask the children to step inside the circle, walk around it , step over it, stand beside it, hold the circle in one hand and put their other hand through it, put their free hand under the circle and over it. 7. To teach body parts,  ...

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Usage statistics about Stand

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb stand:

spoken English40.98%written English59.02% conversational speech52.44%task-oriented speech47.56% imaginative writing80.7%informational writing19.3%

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Quotes about Stand

You cannot stand anywhere in the universe that is outside of yourself. (Deepak Chopra)
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Scrabble value of S1T1A1N1D2

The value of this 5-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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