What are red words?
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing.These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are morefrequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
- 1[intransitive] to have your body in an upright position supported by your feet
The train was full and we had to stand all the way to Edinburgh.stand by/at/on/behind etc:
Mrs Carter was standing by the open window.
The man standing behind him spoke.stand with your back to someone/something:
He was standing with his back to her.stand doing something:
He stood looking at them in silence.stand and do something:
The children stood and watched.stand still (=not move):
They all stood still and listened to the sound coming from outside.
Stand still and let me brush your hair.
- 4[intransitive] if an object or building stands somewhere, it is in a particular position
His statue stands in the city square.
Their house stood at the top of a hill.
- 7[intransitive] to be in a particular situation or stateas it stands/as things stand:
As it stands, the law doesn't allow local government to take such action.where/how something stands:
How do negotiations stand at the moment?know where you stand (with someone) (=understand your position):
He might seem rude, but at least you know where you stand with him.
- 16[transitive] to perform a particular job or servicestand guard (over someone/something):
Two men were left standing guard over the prisoners.stand bail/surety (for someone) (=accept a legal or financial responsibility for someone):
No one would stand bail for him.
He could not leave the country unless the Embassy stood surety for him.
someone can't stand someone/somethingused for saying that a person dislikes someone or something very much
I can't stand milk.
James just can't stand his mother-in-law.can't stand doing something:
I can't stand waiting for buses.can't stand someone doing something:
He couldn't stand anyone feeling sorry for him.can't stand the sight of someone/something:
Sylvia couldn't stand the sight of blood.
someone can't stand to do something
someone could stand something
do something standing on your headinformal
from where someone stands
I stand correctedspoken formal
it stands to reason (that)
not stand on ceremony
stand accused of somethinglegal
stand a chance/hope (of doing something)
stand in linemainly American
stand in someone's way/path
stand in the way of something
stand on your head/hands
stand on your own (two) feet
stand or fall by/on something
stand to attention
stand to do something
stand trial (for something)legal