To stand is to be upright or vertical, with your feet on the floor, or to move into that position. Most people stand when they hear the national anthem at a baseball game.

If you place something in an upright position in a certain spot, you stand it, and objects stand when they're situated in a certain location: "Those beautiful buildings stand at the top of the hill." A support where an object will be placed is also called a stand. When you stand for something, you believe strongly in it, and you can also describe that belief as your stand: "My stand on the school dress code isn't too popular among other students."

Definitions of stand
  1. verb
    be standing; be upright
    “We had to stand for the entire performance!”
    synonyms: stand up
    place upright, stand up
    put into an upright position
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    sit, sit down
    be seated
    be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position
    seat, sit, sit down
    show to a seat; assign a seat for
    sit, sit down
    take a seat
    lie, lie down
    assume a reclining position
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    stand with arms or forelegs raised, as if menacing
    stand back
    stand away from an object or person
    line up, queue, queue up
    form a queue, form a line, stand in line
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    not move; be in a resting position
  2. verb
    put into an upright position
    “Can you stand the bookshelf up?”
    synonyms: place upright, stand up
    stand up
    be standing; be upright
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  3. verb
    occupy a place or location, also metaphorically
    “We stand on common ground”
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  4. verb
    be in some specified state or condition
    “I stand corrected”
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  5. verb
    be tall; have a height of; copula
    “She stands 6 feet tall”
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    have certain dimensions
  6. noun
    the position where a thing or person stands
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    cabstand, taxi rank, taxistand
    a place where taxis park while awaiting customers
    type of:
    place, position
    the particular portion of space occupied by something
  7. noun
    a platform where a (brass) band can play in the open air
    synonyms: bandstand, outdoor stage
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    type of:
    a raised horizontal surface
  8. noun
    tiered seats consisting of a structure (often made of wood) where people can sit to watch an event (game or parade)
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    an outdoor grandstand without a roof; patrons are exposed to the sun as linens are when they are bleached
    covered stand, grandstand
    a stand at a racecourse or stadium consisting of tiers with rows of individual seats that are under a protective roof
    reviewing stand
    a stand from which a parade or military force can be reviewed
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    tiered seat
    seating that is arranged in sloping tiers so that spectators in the back can see over the heads of those in front
  9. noun
    a booth where articles are displayed for sale
    synonyms: sales booth, stall
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    coffee stall
    a stand (usually movable) selling hot coffee and food (especially at night)
    a stall where newspapers and other periodicals are sold
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    a small shop at a fair; for selling goods or entertainment
  10. noun
    a small table for holding articles of various kinds
    “a bedside stand
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    lectern, reading desk
    desk or stand with a slanted top used to hold a text at the proper height for a lecturer
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    a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs
  11. noun
    a growth of similar plants (usually trees) in a particular area
    “they cut down a stand of trees”
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    botany, flora, vegetation
    all the plant life in a particular region or period
  12. verb
    hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright
    “I am standing my ground and won't give in!”
    synonyms: remain firm
    fend, resist
    withstand the force of something
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    relent, soften, succumb, yield
    give in, as to influence or pressure
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    hold out, resist, stand firm, withstand
    stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
  13. verb
    have or maintain a position or stand on an issue
    “Where do you stand on the War?”
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    align, array
    align oneself with a group or a way of thinking
    fall in line
    agree on (a position)
    take sides for or against
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    evaluate, judge, pass judgment
    form a critical opinion of
  14. verb
    be in effect; be or remain in force
    “The law stands!”
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    admit to testing or proof
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    exist over a prolonged period of time
  15. noun
    a mental position from which things are viewed
    synonyms: point of view, standpoint, viewpoint
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    a viewpoint toward a city or other heavily populated area
    an extensive mental viewpoint
    angle, slant
    a biased way of looking at or presenting something
    a point of view or general attitude or inclination
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    position, posture, stance
    a rationalized mental attitude
  16. verb
    put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    synonyms: abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate
    experience (emotional) pain
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    accept, live with, swallow
    tolerate or accommodate oneself to
    hold still for, stand for
    tolerate or bear
    bear up
    endure cheerfully
    take lying down
    suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively
    take a joke
    listen to a joke at one's own expense
    sit out
    endure to the end
    bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
    get one's lumps, take one's lumps
    suffer the results or consequences of one's behavior or actions
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    allow, countenance, let, permit
    consent to, give permission
  17. verb
    withstand the force of something
    stand the test of time”
    synonyms: fend, resist
    remain firm
    hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright
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    defend, fight, fight back, fight down, oppose
    fight against or resist strongly
  18. noun
    a support or foundation
    synonyms: base, pedestal
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    brass monkey
    a metal stand that formerly held cannon balls on sailing ships
    a base or platform on which hay or corn is stacked
    a stand, often with short feet, used under a hot dish on a table
    a three-legged metal stand for supporting a cooking vessel in a hearth
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    any device that bears the weight of another thing
  19. noun
    a support for displaying various articles
    synonyms: rack
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    a stand to support a corpse or a coffin prior to burial
    a stand for cruets containing various condiments
    dress rack
    a rack used primarily to display dresses for sale in a store
    magazine rack
    a rack for displaying magazines
    music rack, music stand
    a light stand for holding sheets of printed music
    spice rack
    a rack for displaying containers filled with spices
    a three-legged rack used for support
    camera tripod
    a tripod used to support a camera
    a decorated bier on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral
    an upright tripod for displaying something (usually an artist's canvas)
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    any device that bears the weight of another thing
  20. noun
    a defensive effort
    “the army made a final stand at the Rhone”
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    repulsion, standoff
    the act of repulsing or repelling an attack; a successful defensive stand
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    defence, defense, defensive measure
    (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
  21. verb
    remain inactive or immobile
    standing water”
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    remain, rest, stay
    stay the same; remain in a certain state
  22. noun
    an interruption of normal activity
    synonyms: standstill, tie-up
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    halt, kibosh, stop
    the event of something ending
  23. noun
    a stop made by a touring musical or theatrical group to give a performance
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    layover, stop, stopover
    a brief stay in the course of a journey
  24. verb
    be available for stud services
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    serve, service
    mate with
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