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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystand for
he/she/itstands for
present participlestanding for
past tensestood for
past participlestood for
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  1. 1
    stand for something if a letter, an abbreviation, or a symbol stands for something, that is what it means or represents
  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!

  4. 4
    stand for something British to try to get chosen in an election for a particular position or as a member of a particular institution
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a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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