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Meaning of withstand

with•stand

Pronunciation: (with-stand', wi-), [key]
— v., -stood, -stand•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to stand or hold out against; resist or oppose, esp. successfully: to withstand rust; to withstand the invaders; to withstand temptation.
—v.i.
  1. to stand in opposition; resist.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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