Definition of withstand in English:



  • 1Remain undamaged or unaffected by; resist.

    ‘the structure had been designed to withstand winds of more than 100 mph’
    • ‘Not many flowers are designed specifically to withstand cold and frosty weather.’
    • ‘The fortified doors were designed to withstand extreme pressure and a hail of bullets.’
    • ‘The material withstands rain and wind without rotting.’
    • ‘Their structure is designed to withstand the harshest heat, wind and occasional sea spray.’
    • ‘They're either too weak to withstand any hits or their attacks do little other than annoy this rebel hellion.’
    • ‘Are the estimated 10 lakh trees in the city capable of withstanding the gusty wind.’
    • ‘But it adds that nuclear power plants were not designed to withstand attacks such as large aircraft impact.’
    • ‘The lightweight, cellulose-reinforced cement board withstands high winds and corrosion.’
    • ‘Such hoses are designed to withstand water pressure if the water is left on continuously.’
    • ‘Moreover a computer network that was designed to withstand a nuclear attack is not too easily closed down.’
    • ‘The Alaskan kites are very hardy and can withstand wind speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.’
    • ‘The new bench is made from heavy duty material designed to withstand vandalism.’
    • ‘In so far as possible, the houses will be designed to withstand earthquakes.’
    • ‘Whether the Blair government's new law withstands judicial scrutiny remains to be seen.’
    • ‘There are only two houses on Gugh, both of which have oddly curved roofs, designed to withstand the winter gales.’
    • ‘This tough plant withstands full sun and wind in soggy conditions.’
    • ‘So this levee was not designed to withstand a hurricane the magnitude of Katrina.’
    • ‘The family were forced to seek refuge in an office building that was designed to withstand hurricanes.’
    • ‘So far, luckily, the Internet has proven to be incredibly robust (by design), by withstanding these behind-the-scenes attacks.’
    • ‘Very few buildings, other than bomb shelters, are designed to withstand impact from the outside.’
    resist, hold out against, stand firm against, hold one's ground against, stand one's ground against, bear up against, hold the line against, persevere in the face of, stand up to, fight, combat, grapple with, oppose, face, confront, defy, brave
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    1. 1.1 Offer strong resistance or opposition to (someone or something).
      • ‘Ramachandran initially thought that the young girl would not be able to withstand the pressure.’
      • ‘Few of us are able to withstand the onslaught of the forces of money and greed.’
      • ‘The shield did not look especially strong, but it withstood pressure that would have crushed the man.’
      • ‘A viable decision making system must be able to withstand the rigorous critique of players.’
      • ‘Leighlin then withstood some strong pressure from Naomh Eoin, who with Robert Foley prominent, threatened to snatch a winning goal.’
      • ‘The second half was a different story as they had to withstand strong pressure from New Oak.’
      • ‘By 1216 the castle was sufficiently strong to withstand a siege by forces opposed to King John.’
      • ‘I wish they made these things able to withstand the hypocrisy of partisan politics.’
      • ‘In the game against Army, Air Force withstood a strong start from Army and the teams went in at half-time at nil-all.’
      • ‘Tattersall's has been able to withstand severe pressure on costs by virtue of a blessed business environment.’
      • ‘With firm insistence such as this, how could Charlie have withstood such opposition?’
      • ‘You need to have strong principle to be able to withstand the pressures and temptations.’
      • ‘Lamb is a miraculous meat, robustly withstanding strong flavours, showcasing subtler vibes without overpowering them, brightened by fruit, bouncing off tomato, enlivened by herbs.’
      • ‘Straffan withstood a very strong comeback from the home side in the second half that yielded a goal from Toms Fitzgerald from 25 yards, to claim victory.’
      • ‘Any amount of opposing forces can be withstood without any harm to Hinduism.’


Old English withstandan, from the prefix with- ‘against’ + the verb stand.