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verb [transitive] withstand pronunciation in American 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.
    plants that can withstand extremes of temperature
    Their marriage did not withstand four years’ separation during the war.
  2. 2
    to be able to deal with a difficult situation
    Would she be able to withstand the intense media pressure?

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