Definition of stand for in English:

stand for

phrasal verb

  • 1Be an abbreviation of or symbol for.

    ‘NASA stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration’
    • ‘The glyph for Neptune is the symbol of a trident, which stands for rulership over the sea.’
    • ‘Within Christian symbolism, bread stood for the body of Christ.’
    • ‘We then developed these pictures into symbols that would stand for the sounds we made when we spoke to others.’
    • ‘Find out what those pesky acronyms and abbreviations stand for.’
    • ‘Green denoted hope for renewal, red stood for the ancestors' courage, and yellow symbolized the country's treasures.’
    • ‘CI stands for Cycle Indicator and NCI stands for Neutral Cycle Indicator.’
    • ‘This abbreviation stands for DVD rewritable disc and means that it can be recorded and erased just the same as a VHS video.’
    • ‘Symbols stand for something, yet this one doesn't seem to represent anything at all.’
    • ‘However the abbreviation in this case stands for Cross Program Recovery.’
    • ‘He also showed me which arabic symbol stood for Allah, and which stood for Mohammad.’
    mean, be an abbreviation of, represent, signify, denote, indicate, correspond to, be equivalent to, symbolize
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  • 2informal with negative Refuse to endure or tolerate.

    ‘I won't stand for any nonsense’
    • ‘This patient won't stand for any nonsense - but she does require instant gratification’
    • ‘It's getting to the point where hunt supporters won't stand for it.’
    • ‘He did not stand for nonsense from anyone.’
    • ‘The referee refused to stand for any nonsense and brandished a succession of cards.’
    • ‘Would the world stand for a country that approved of athletes who refused to compete against people because of their religion?’
    • ‘He would not stand for any nonsense.’
    put up with, endure, tolerate, allow, accept, take, abide, suffer, support, brook, countenance
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  • 3Support (a cause or principle)

    ‘we stand for animal welfare’
    • ‘We are the people who truly care and who truly promote and stand for Women's Rights.’
    • ‘If that doesn't give you a clear indication of what they stand for then I don't know what will.’
    • ‘On that day the principles I stood for and believed in were set aside on the altar of political expediency.’
    • ‘This is not to suggest that we support everything he stands for.’
    • ‘Surely he isn't arguing that you have to agree with everything a politician stands for in order to support that politician.’
    • ‘Ours is the only party that stands for the fundamental principle that all workers must be able to live and work in whichever country they choose.’
    • ‘If parties need cash, let them go out and convince people that they stand for something worth supporting.’
    • ‘And while I agree with everything else the Green Party stands for, I can't abide by that point.’
    • ‘In spite of their peaceable professions, the French revolutionaries had always believed that they stood for principles of universal validity.’
    • ‘The members of the Green Party will say that they stand for green principles.’
    advocate, champion, uphold, defend, stand up for, support, be in favour of, promote, recommend, urge, back, endorse, sponsor, espouse, push for, work for, campaign for
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