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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theystand for
he/she/itstands for
present participlestanding for
past tensestood for
past participlestood for
  1. 1
    stand for something if a letter, an abbreviation, or a symbol stands for something, that is what it means or represents
    The letters ER stand for emergency room.
  2. 2
    stand for something if someone stands for a particular principle, they believe that principle is important
    I hate them and everything they stand for.
  3. 3
    [usually in negatives]stand for something to be willing to accept something that someone does
    No one makes a fool of me. I won’t stand for it!
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