stand back - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theystand back
he/she/itstands back
present participlestanding back
past tensestood back
past participlestood back
  1. 1
    to move away from something, or to stand at a distance from something, especially something dangerous
    stand back from:

    The children were told to stand well back from the fire.

  2. 2
    if a building stands back from a road, it is a short distance away from it
    stand back from:

    The house stands back around twenty yards from the lane.

  3. 3
    to not let yourself be influenced by your feelings about a situation so that you can think about it more clearly

    I forced myself to stand back and assess the situation.

See also main entry: stand