Definition of stand on in US English:

stand on

phrasal verb

  • 1Be scrupulous in the observance of.

    ‘call me Alex—let's not stand on formality’
    • ‘We both know that you know who I am, so lets not stand on ceremony.’
    • ‘A wave of competition is coming and standing on formality and baloney is no way to compete.’
  • 2Nautical
    Continue on the same course.

    • ‘Still the boat stood on; the spray was beating in heavy showers over her, and it was as much as she could do to look up to her canvas.’
    • ‘There was risk of collision if the other ship stood on.’
    • ‘A small vessel stood on towards them, and anchored before the fort.’