Definition of stand in in English:

stand in

phrasal verb

  • 1Deputize.

    ‘Brown stood in for the injured Simpson’
    • ‘Ian Bell also pushed his claims by striking an assured 70 when he stood in for Graham Thorpe.’
    • ‘He stood in for us when called on and played better than we could have expected.’
    • ‘The equipment has already been tested with court staff standing in as replacements.’
    • ‘I then stood in for another team leader while she was off, and I picked up everything really quickly.’
    deputize, act, act as deputy, substitute, act as substitute, act as stand-in, fill in, sit in, do duty, take over, act as understudy, act as locum, do a locum, be a proxy, cover, provide cover, hold the fort, step into the breach
    take the place of, do something in someone's place, do something in someone's stead, replace, relieve, take over from, understudy
    sub, fill someone's boots, fill someone's shoes, step into someone's boots, step into someone's shoes
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  • 2Nautical
    Sail closer to the shore.

    • ‘The ship stood in for the island.’
    • ‘The American ship stood in as close to the shoals as she dared and then fired a shot across the steamer's bow.’
    • ‘In the evening we saw a harbour, stood in towards it and found it to have all the appearances of a good one.’