Definitions for: Withstand


[v] stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
[v] resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"



Webster (1913) Definition: With*stand", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Withstood; p. pr.
& vb. n. Withstanding.] [AS. wi[eth]standan. See With,
prep., and Stand.]
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.

Synonyms: defy, hold, hold out, hold up, resist, stand firm

Antonyms: give up, surrender

See Also: brave, brave out, defend, defy, endure, fight, fight back, fight down, hold, hold off, hold out, hold up, oppose, outbrave, remain firm, resist, stand, stand firm, stand out, stand up, weather, withstand, withstand

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