withstand Definition

remain undamaged or unaffected by; resist.

Using withstand: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "withstand" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The building was designed to withstand earthquakes.

  • Example

    She couldn't withstand the pressure and quit her job.

  • Example

    He tried to withstand the pain, but eventually had to take painkillers.

  • Example

    The army was able to withstand the enemy's attack.

withstand Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for withstand

Antonyms for withstand

Phrases with withstand

  • to remain popular, successful, or effective over a long period of time


    Their music has withstood the test of time and is still popular today.

  • to be able to withstand close examination or investigation without being proven false or incorrect


    The evidence presented in court was able to withstand scrutiny and convinced the jury of his guilt.

  • to be able to endure harsh weather conditions


    The tent was able to withstand the elements during the storm.

Origins of withstand

from Old English 'withstandan', meaning 'to stand against'


Summary: withstand in Brief

'Withstand' [wɪðˈstænd] means to resist or remain undamaged or unaffected by something. It can be used to describe physical objects like buildings that are designed to withstand natural disasters, or to describe people who are able to endure pressure or pain. Phrases like 'withstand the test of time' and 'withstand scrutiny' denote the ability to remain effective or true under different circumstances.

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