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Withstand meaning

withstand - 3 dictionary results

  1. 1. To stand against; to oppose; to resist, either with physical or moral force; as, to withstand an attack of troops; to withstand eloquence or arguments.
  2. 2. To resist; oppose.
  3. 3. Withstood.

withstand - examples of usage

  1. He was vain of his person and address, which he thought no woman could long withstand; and it was a kind of trial of skill to endeavour to gain, by art and fascination, what he was secure of obtaining at any time by violence. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  2. He ordered his troops to shoot them, but his troops were also laughing, and he could not withstand the laughter of so many men; he laughed also, and said, let us end this foolish thing. - "They Call Me Carpenter", Upton Sinclair.
  3. We could not withstand the appeal for assistance, and calculating as well as we could in what direction the still standing walls would fall, we sprang forward, taking a course to avoid them across the mass of ruins. - "Paddy Finn", W. H. G. Kingston.
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