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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystand up for
he/she/itstands up for
present participlestanding up for
past tensestood up for
past participlestood up for
  1. stand up for someone/something to defend someone or something that is being criticized or attacked

    You’ve got to stand up for what you believe in.

    stand up for yourself:

    I learned how to stand up for myself early on in life.

    stand up for your rights:

    The only crime they’ve ever committed is to stand up for their rights.

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