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withstand (v.)

Old English wiðstandan "resist, oppose," from wið "against" (see with) + standan "to stand" (see stand (v.)); perhaps a loan-translation of Latin resistere "to resist" (see resist). Similar formation in Old Norse viðstanda, Old Frisian withstonda, Old High German widarstan, German widerstehen. In 14c. and early 15c., withsit was in use with the same meaning. Related: Withstood; withstanding.

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Definitions of withstand

withstand (v.)
resist or confront with resistance;
The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
Synonyms: defy / hold / hold up
withstand (v.)
stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something;
Synonyms: resist / hold out / stand firm
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