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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
  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 ERM stand for Exchange-Rate Mechanism.

  2. 2
    [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!

  3. 3
    stand for something if someone stands for a particular principle, they believe that principle is important

    I hate them and everything they stand for.

  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. In American English, you say that someone runs for office

    Malcolm McLaren stood for Mayor of London in 2000.

    She is intending to stand for parliament.

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