standing - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the status or reputation that someone or something has

    This latest scandal will undoubtedly have affected his standing with his colleagues.

    of high/great/considerable etc standing:

    We are delighted to be working with a company of such high standing.

    1. a.
      used about people’s social status

      People’s jobs are an important measure of social standing.

      The owner of this house would have been a man of standing in Roman society.

    2. b.
      someone’s success or status as measured in numbers, for example in an opinion poll

      The president’s current high standing is not likely to last.

  2. 2


    [plural] mainly American a list of teams or players put in order according to how many points they have won in matches or competitions against each other. The usual British word is table.