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Definition of "withstand" [with•stand]

  • To oppose with force or resolution. (verb-transitive)
  • To be successful in resisting. See Synonyms at oppose. (verb-transitive)
  • To resist or endure successfully. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "withstand" in a sentence
  • "I throw my hat in with those I think will long term withstand the pressure."
  • "However, one thing that hardly any government has been able to withstand is treachery within the government."
  • "The lowest temperature that freeze tolerant species are able to withstand is about - 8°C."