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stand vb. (very freq. with adjs., pples., and adverbial phr. almost=to be, e.g. Cæs. V. i. 94 “The gods to-day stand friendly,” Mac. IV. iii. 107 “s-s accurs'd,” Oth. I. i. 152 “ in act” =are in action; less commonly with nouns, e.g. 2H4 III. ii. 238 “ my friend,” IV. iii. 89 “Stand my good lord” )
1. to remain stationary, stop Gent. IV. i. 3 “Stand, sir,” Meas. III. ii. 286 [287], Shr. IV. iii. 44 “let it ,” Troil. IV. v. 247 “Stand again,” Ven. 284 “Stand, I say.”
2. to make a stand, fight MND. III. ii. 424, Rom. I. i. 12.
3. (in imper.) forbear, stop! Troil. V. vi. 9, Cor. V. v. [vi.] 128 “Stand, Aufidius.”
4. to continue, remain Mac. III. i. 4 “it was said It should not stand in thy posterity.”
5. to remain or stay (to do something), lose time over Gent. V. ii. 44 “ not to discourse,” Wiv. III. iii. 133 “never ‘you had rather’,” 3H6 IV. viii. 23 “ not to reply,” Cæs. V. iii. 43.
6. trans. to withstand, resist Shr. I. ii. 114, 1H6 I. i. 123 “none durst him,” Cor. V. iii. 74, Lr. IV. i. 69 (Ff “slaves”), Cym. V. iii. 60 “stand his foe.”
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