on standby - definition and synonyms

  1. 1
    available to be used if needed in a particular situation

    The troops are on standby and can return at a moment’s notice.

    put/place someone/something on standby:

    Falconer has been put on standby for the European Championships.

  2. 2
    tourism ready to get on a plane if there is a seat left when it is about to take off
    put someone on standby:

    The flight is sold out, but we can put you on standby.

  3. 3
    used about a piece of electrical equipment, for example a television, that is switched on but not in use
See also main entry: standby