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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
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  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 stand1 (sense 2)
      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. 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.
  5. 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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