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verb [transitive]     withstand pronunciation in British English
/wɪðˈstænd/
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present tense
I/you/we/theywithstand
he/she/itwithstands
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 yearsseparation during the war.

    plants that can withstand extremes of temperature

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    withstand the test of time to continue to be effective, successful, or popular for a long time

    E-mail marketing has withstood the test of time.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 07/02/2016
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