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present tense
I/you/we/theystand by
he/she/itstands by
present participlestanding by
past tensestood by
past participlestood by

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] [often progressive] to be ready to do something

    A boat will be standing by in case of emergency.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to not take action when you should

    We can't just stand by and watch her die.

  3. 3
    [transitive] stand by someone to be loyal to someone who is in a difficult situation

    We knew they would stand by us no matter what we'd done.

  4. 4
    [transitive] stand by something to continue to have a particular belief or opinion, even though other people have doubts about it or disagree with you

    The doctors are standing by their claim that they are not at fault.

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