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phrasal verb
Word Forms
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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