I. stand stand 1 [stænd] verb stood PTandPP [stʊd]
1. [intransitive] to be at a particular level or amount:
stand at

• Inflation currently stands at 4%.

• Your bank balance currently stands at £720.92.

2. [intransitive] to be in, stay in, or get into a particular state:

• The law, as it stood, favoured the developers.

• I don't see a serious challenge to London as a financial centre as things stand currently.

• The committee stands divided (= disagrees completely ) on this issue.

• There are currently 65 industrial premises standing empty.

3. [intransitive] to continue to exist, be correct, or be valid:

• The court of appeal has ruled that the conviction should stand.

4. stand pat informal to refuse to change a decision, plan etc:
stand pat on

• Harry's standing pat on his decision to fire Janice.

5. where somebody stands someone's opinion about something, or the official rule about something:
where somebody stands on

• The voters want to know where the President stands on taxes.

6. stand trial LAW to be brought to a court of law to have your case examined and judged:
stand trial for

• The two men stood trial for allegedly attempting to receive stolen property.

7. stand bail LAW to pay money as a promise that someone will return to court to be judged
8. stand accused LAW to be the person in a court of law who is being judged for a crime:
stand accused of

• He now stands accused by the city council of serious mismanagement of the museum's financial affairs.

9. stand to gain/​lose/​win etc to be likely to do or have something:

• We stand to make a lot of money from the merger.

10. [intransitive] to try to become elected to a parliament, board of directors etc:
stand for

• He will not be standing for election as vice president this year.

• Who's standing for the Democrats in the 44th district?

11. stand or fall by/​on to depend on something for success:

• A product will stand or fall by its quality.

stand down phrasal verb [intransitive]
to agree to leave your position or stop trying to be elected, so that someone else can have a chance:

• I'm prepared to stand down in favor of a younger candidate.

stand in phrasal verb [intransitive] HUMAN RESOURCES
to temporarily do someone else's job:
stand in for

• Can you stand in for Meg while she's on vacation?

  [m0] II. stand stand 2 noun
1. [countable] MARKETING a small structure for selling or showing things:

• Come by our stand at the exhibition and see the new products.

exhiˈbition ˌstand [countable] MARKETING
a structure used at an exhibition for showing pictures and examples of a company's products, and where sales people can talk to customers about their products:

• Make sure there is plenty of space between exhibition stands.

2. [countable usually singular] a position or opinion that you state firmly and publicly:

• He did not take a stand on the proposed regulations.

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stand UK US /stænd/ verb (stood, stood)
[I] to be in a particular state or situation: »

As things stand, the existing rules are not working in favour of competition.


Office blocks all over the city are standing empty.


They stand accused of backdating stock options to coincide with the lowest possible share price.


stand divided/united

[I] to be at or reach a particular level: stand at sth »

The country's national debt stands at $55 billion.

[I] UK POLITICS to compete in a election for an official position: »

She's decided to stand for re-election.


He was persuaded to stand against the party leader in the upcoming election.

[I] to have a particular opinion on something: stand on sth »

Where does the party stand on immigration?

[I] if an offer, a decision, or a record still stands, it still exists and has not been changed: »

They have not made a second bid for the company but their original offer still stands.


The commission declared that the election results should stand.

stand a chance (of doing sth) — Cf. stand a chance of doing sth
stand bail (for sb) — Cf. stand bail for sb
stand or fall by/on sth — Cf. stand or fall on sth
stand pat (on sth) — Cf. stand pat on sth
stand the test of time — Cf. stand the test of time
stand to do sth — Cf. stand to do sth
stand trial — Cf. stand trial
stand UK US /stænd/ noun
[C] COMMERCE, MARKETING a table or structure where someone can sell or advertise their products or services: »

There were street vendors selling ice cream and hot dogs from their stands.


Over 100 charities will have stands at this year's exhibition.

[C, usually singular] someone's opinion, especially when they make it public: sb's stand on sth »

What's their stand on environmental issues?

a stand against/for sth »

Mr Williams said his organization's stand against the new development would not change.


his outspoken stand for human rights

take/make a stand »

We decided to take a stand against the proposed changes to the law.

[S] LAW WITNESS STAND(Cf. ↑witness stand): »

Both the chairman and chief executive are expected to take the stand in this high-profile fraud case.

See also EXHIBITION STAND(Cf. ↑exhibition stand)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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