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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystand up
he/she/itstands up
present participlestanding up
past tensestood up
past participlestood up
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to put your body into an upright position from a sitting or lying position

    A man at the back stood up to ask a question.

    1. a.
      same as stand

      You have the chair. I don’t mind eating standing up.

      stand up straight:

      Stand up straight and take your hands out of your pockets.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to react in a particular way to severe conditions or treatment

    I wasn’t sure how well the house would stand up in a storm.

    stand up to:

    She was confident her witness would stand up well to detailed questioning.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to still seem true or correct after being examined carefully
    stand up in court:

    We all knew her story wouldn’t stand up in court.

  4. 4
    [transitive] stand someone up informal to not come to meet someone who you have arranged to meet, especially someone who you are having or starting a sexual or romantic relationship with

    Did she stand you up?

  5. 5
    stand up and be counted to state or show publicly that you support someone or something, especially when something unpleasant or dangerous could happen to you as a result

    It’s time for people who care about freedom to stand up and be counted.

  6. 6
    [transitive] if a journalist stands up a story, they provide evidence or proof that it is true

    The news agency had done the basics to stand the story up.

See also main entry: stand
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