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withstand Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb resist or confront with resistance
    defy; hold; hold up.
    • The politician defied public opinion
    • The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
    • The bridge held
  2. verb stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
    resist; hold out; stand firm.

With*stand" transitive verb
AS. wi&edh;standan. See With, prep., and Stand.
imperfect & past participle Withstood ; present participle & verbal noun Withstanding
  1. To stand against; to oppose; to resist, either with physical or moral force; as, to withstand an attack of troops; to withstand eloquence or arguments. Piers Plowman.
    I withstood him to the face. Gal. ii. 11.
    Some village Hampden, that, with dauntless breast. The little tyrant of his fields withstood. Gray.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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