Withstand - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |wɪðˈstænd|  American pronunciation of the word withstand
Brit.  |wɪðˈstand|  British pronunciation of the word withstand
irregular verb:  p.t. — withstood  p.p. — withstood
- resist or confront with resistance (syn: defy, hold, hold up)
The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
- stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something (syn: hold out, resist)


cookware that can withstand high temperatures

I couldn't withstand the rigors of army life.

They withstood attacks from many critics.

This fabric can withstand steam and high temperatures.

The Chancellor has withstood the criticism and held firm.

The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear

The deck is built to withstand years of wear.

...the climbers were sufficiently provisioned to withstand just about any mountaineering emergency...

Restaurant dishes must be able to withstand rough usage.

The castle was built to withstand a siege.

...a subterranean bunker that supposedly could withstand even an atomic blast...

They could not withstand the superior numbers of enemy troops.

The bacteria can withstand extremes of heat and cold.

The equipment should be able to withstand a certain amount of rough handling.

The frequent occurrence of earthquakes in the area means that the buildings must be specifically designed to withstand the force.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: withstand
he/she/it: withstands
present participle: withstanding
past tense: withstood
past participle: withstood
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