[ UK /wɪðstˈænd/ ]
[ US /wɪθˈstænd/ ]
  1. resist or confront with resistance
    The bridge held
    The politician defied public opinion
    The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
  2. stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
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How To Use withstand In A Sentence

  • McCoy had fully embraced the idea of belated fatherhood his declarations to the contrary notwithstanding. The Better Man
  • Adopting, the additional computative burden imposed by it notwithstanding, Schonfeld's modification of Airy's formulæ, he introduced into his equations a fifth unknown quantity expressive of a possible stellar drift in galactic longitude. Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891
  • This fact confirms the connection which we find, notwithstanding the difference of fracture and of specific gravity between the saussurite and the siliceous basis of the porphyrschiefer, which is the phonolite Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Year 1799-1804 — Volume 2
  • Island on the L.S. is one of the worst quick or moveing sand bars Which I have Seen, notwithstanding all our precaustons to Clear the Sands and pass between them (which was the way we were compd. to pass, from the immence Current & falling banks on the S. S.) the Boat Original journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806
  • It is unlikely that his forces could withstand an allied onslaught for very long.
  • The young man — fortified as he was by a natural cynical pride and passionateness — winced at this unexpected reply, notwithstanding. A Changed Man
  • A wooden tank may be rendered capable of withstanding the effects of nitric or sulphuric acids by the following methods: -- Cover the inside with paraffin; go over the inside with a sadiron heated to the temperature used in ironing clothes. Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889
  • While she brings experience and sagacity, such a slim volume on such large topic demands a few leaps of faith, notwithstanding the appended 56 pages of interesting notes and comments.
  • Sound on 18 Doughty Street is mainly some sentences by one person and then cluck chunter chunter squak cluck cluk "so I think..." chunter, "But not withstanding" chunter,chunter. Steve Norris: 'Let's Get Out of the EU'
  • The DLR has become the latest corporate supporter of The Cutty Sark Trust after donating £5,000 to help ensure the deckhouses are sufficiently watertight to withstand the rain.
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