Pronunciation: (with-stand', wi&thslash;-), [key]
—v., -stood, -stand•ing.
to stand or hold out against; resist or oppose, esp. successfully: to withstand rust; to withstand the invaders; to withstand temptation.
to stand in opposition; resist.
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