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verb [transitive] withstand pronunciation in British English /wɪðˈstænd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewithstanding
past tensewithstood
past participlewithstood
  1. 1
    to be strong enough not to be harmed or destroyed by something
    The bunker is designed to withstand a nuclear blast.
    Their marriage did not withstand four years’ separation during the war.
    plants that can withstand extremes of temperature
  2. 2
    to be able to deal with a difficult situation
    Would she be able to withstand the intense media pressure?
    Simpson withstood a blistering cross-examination in court this morning.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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