General English

  • noun something which holds something up
  • verb to be upright on your feet, the opposite of sitting or lying down
  • verb to accept something bad that continues


  • noun a group of plants or trees growing together



  • noun a period in which two batsmen are batting together, considered in terms of the runs that are scored while they are at the wicket; ‘stand’ is used interchangeably with ‘partnership’, but perhaps carries an added suggestion of defiance in adverse circumstances (think of Custer’s last stand), and so is often used to describe partnerships involving late order batsmen
    Citation ‘The Baptiste-Holding stand for the ninth wicket was worth 150’ (David Frith, WCM August 1984)
    Citation ‘Mohinder Amarnath, for long considered India’s best – or at least bravest – batsman against genuine pace, puts together a stand with Yashpal Sharma’ (Bhattacharya 2006)
  • verb (of an umpire) to officiate in a match
    Citation ‘After “standing” in a match at Beersheva I gave a 90-minute lecture in a school in the middle of the Negev desert’ (Oslear & Mosey 1993)
    Citation ‘Though ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed was at pains to confirm that “I hope we can find a way in which Darrell Hair can continue to umpire at international level”, the chances of the burly Australian standing on the world stage again must be remote’ (Vic Marks, Observer 27 August 2006)


  • noun the position of a member of Congress on a question (either for or against)
  • verb to offer yourself as a candidate in an election


  • verb to be in an upright position with your bodyweight resting on your feet, or to put a person in this position


  • verb to support yourself, using your feet and legs, in a stationary position


  • noun a place where an aircraft waits for passengers to board

Origin & History of “stand”

Stand goes back ultimately to the prehistoric Indo-European base *stā- ‘stand’. this passed into Germanic as *sta-, *stō-. Addition of the suffix *-nd- produced *standan, source of English stand, while past forms were created with the suffix *-t-, which has given English stood. Another descendant of the Indo-European base was Latin stāre ‘stand’, a prolific source of English words (among them stage, stanza, state, station, statue, etc).