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 for To stand firmly on
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stand \Stand\ (st[a^]nd), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Stood
     (st[oo^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Standing.] [OE. standen; AS.
     standan; akin to OFries. stonda, st[=a]n, D. staan, OS.
     standan, st[=a]n, OHG. stantan, st[=a]n, G. stehen, Icel.
     standa, Dan. staae, Sw. st[*a], Goth. standan, Russ. stoiate,
     L. stare, Gr. 'ista`nai to cause to stand, sth^nai to stand,
     Skr. sth[=a]. [root]163. Cf. Assist, Constant,
     Contrast, Desist, Destine, Ecstasy, Exist,
     Interstice, Obstacle, Obstinate, Prest, n., Rest
     remainder, Solstice, Stable, a. & n., Staff, Stage,
     Stall, n., Stamen, Stanchion, Stanza, State, n.,
     Statute, Stead, Steed, Stool, Stud of horses,
     Substance, System.]
     1. To be at rest in an erect position; to be fixed in an
        upright or firm position; as:
        (a) To be supported on the feet, in an erect or nearly
            erect position; -- opposed to lie, sit, kneel,
            etc. "I pray you all, stand up!" --Shak.
        (b) To continue upright in a certain locality, as a tree
            fixed by the roots, or a building resting on its
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                  It stands as it were to the ground yglued.
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                  The ruined wall
                  Stands when its wind-worn battlements are gone.
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     2. To occupy or hold a place; to have a situation; to be
        situated or located; as, Paris stands on the Seine.
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              Wite ye not where there stands a little town?
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     3. To cease from progress; not to proceed; to stop; to pause;
        to halt; to remain stationary.
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              I charge thee, stand,
              And tell thy name.                    --Dryden.
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              The star, which they saw in the east, went before
              them, till it came and stood over where the young
              child was.                            --Matt. ii. 9.
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     4. To remain without ruin or injury; to hold good against
        tendencies to impair or injure; to be permanent; to
        endure; to last; hence, to find endurance, strength, or
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              My mind on its own center stands unmoved. --Dryden.
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     5. To maintain one's ground; to be acquitted; not to fail or
        yield; to be safe.
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              Readers by whose judgment I would stand or fall.
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     6. To maintain an invincible or permanent attitude; to be
        fixed, steady, or firm; to take a position in resistance
        or opposition. "The standing pattern of their imitation."
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              The king granted the Jews . . . to gather themselves
              together, and to stand for their life. --Esther
                                                    viii. 11.
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     7. To adhere to fixed principles; to maintain moral
        rectitude; to keep from falling into error or vice.
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              We must labor so as to stand with godliness,
              according to his appointment.         --Latimer.
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     8. To have or maintain a position, order, or rank; to be in a
        particular relation; as, Christian charity, or love,
        stands first in the rank of gifts.
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     9. To be in some particular state; to have essence or being;
        to be; to consist. "Sacrifices . . . which stood only in
        meats and drinks." --Heb. ix. 10.
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              Accomplish what your signs foreshow;
              I stand resigned, and am prepared to go. --Dryden.
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              Thou seest how it stands with me, and that I may not
              tarry.                                --Sir W.
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     10. To be consistent; to agree; to accord.
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               Doubt me not; by heaven, I will do nothing
               But what may stand with honor.       --Massinger.
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     11. (Naut.) To hold a course at sea; as, to stand from the
         shore; to stand for the harbor.
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               From the same parts of heaven his navy stands.
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     12. To offer one's self, or to be offered, as a candidate.
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               He stood to be elected one of the proctors of the
               university.                          --Walton.
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     13. To stagnate; not to flow; to be motionless.
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               Or the black water of Pomptina stands. --Dryden.
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     14. To measure when erect on the feet.
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               Six feet two, as I think, he stands. --Tennyson.
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     15. (Law)
         (a) To be or remain as it is; to continue in force; to
             have efficacy or validity; to abide. --Bouvier.
         (b) To appear in court. --Burrill.
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     16. (Card Playing) To be, or signify that one is, willing to
         play with one's hand as dealt.
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     Stand by (Naut.), a preparatory order, equivalent to Be
     To stand against, to oppose; to resist.
     To stand by.
         (a) To be near; to be a spectator; to be present.
         (b) To be aside; to be set aside with disregard. "In the
             interim [we] let the commands stand by neglected."
             --Dr. H. More.
         (c) To maintain; to defend; to support; not to desert;
             as, to stand by one's principles or party.
         (d) To rest on for support; to be supported by.
         (e) To remain as a spectator, and take no part in an
             action; as, we can't just stand idly by while people
             are being killed.
     To stand corrected, to be set right, as after an error in a
        statement of fact; to admit having been in error.
     To stand fast, to be fixed; to be unshaken or immovable.
     To stand firmly on, to be satisfied or convinced of.
        "Though Page be a secure fool, and stands so firmly on his
        wife's frailty." --Shak.
     To stand for.
         (a) To side with; to espouse the cause of; to support; to
             maintain, or to profess or attempt to maintain; to
             defend. "I stand wholly for you." --Shak.
         (b) To be in the place of; to be the substitute or
             representative of; to represent; as, a cipher at the
             left hand of a figure stands for nothing. "I will not
             trouble myself, whether these names stand for the
             same thing, or really include one another." --Locke.
         (c) To tolerate; as, I won't stand for any delay.
     To stand in, to cost. "The same standeth them in much less
        cost." --Robynson (More's Utopia).
              The Punic wars could not have stood the human race
              in less than three millions of the species. --Burke.
     To stand in hand, to conduce to one's interest; to be
        serviceable or advantageous.
     To stand off.
         (a) To keep at a distance.
         (b) Not to comply.
         (c) To keep at a distance in friendship, social
             intercourse, or acquaintance.
         (d) To appear prominent; to have relief. "Picture is best
             when it standeth off, as if it were carved." --Sir H.
     To stand off and on (Naut.), to remain near a coast by
        sailing toward land and then from it.
     To stand on (Naut.), to continue on the same tack or
     To stand out.
         (a) To project; to be prominent. "Their eyes stand out
             with fatness." --Psalm lxxiii. 7.
         (b) To persist in opposition or resistance; not to yield
             or comply; not to give way or recede.
                   His spirit is come in,
                   That so stood out against the holy church.
     To stand to.
         (a) To ply; to urge; to persevere in using. "Stand to
             your tackles, mates, and stretch your oars."
         (b) To remain fixed in a purpose or opinion. "I will
             stand to it, that this is his sense." --Bp.
         (c) To abide by; to adhere to; as to a contract,
             assertion, promise, etc.; as, to stand to an award;
             to stand to one's word.
         (d) Not to yield; not to fly; to maintain, as one's
             ground. "Their lives and fortunes were put in safety,
             whether they stood to it or ran away." --Bacon.
         (e) To be consistent with; to agree with; as, it stands
             to reason that he could not have done so; same as
             stand with, below .
         (f) To support; to uphold. "Stand to me in this cause."
     To stand together, to be consistent; to agree.
     To stand to reason to be reasonable; to be expected.
     To stand to sea (Naut.), to direct the course from land.
     To stand under, to undergo; to withstand. --Shak.
     To stand up.
         (a) To rise from sitting; to be on the feet.
         (b) To arise in order to speak or act. "Against whom,
             when the accusers stood up, they brought none
             accusation of such things as I supposed." --Acts xxv.
         (c) To rise and stand on end, as the hair.
         (d) To put one's self in opposition; to contend. "Once we
             stood up about the corn." --Shak.
     To stand up for, to defend; to justify; to support, or
        attempt to support; as, to stand up for the
     To stand upon.
         (a) To concern; to interest.
         (b) To value; to esteem. "We highly esteem and stand much
             upon our birth." --Ray.
         (c) To insist on; to attach much importance to; as, to
             stand upon security; to stand upon ceremony.
         (d) To attack; to assault. [A Hebraism] "So I stood upon
             him, and slew him." --2 Sam. i. 10.
     To stand with, to be consistent with. "It stands with
        reason that they should be rewarded liberally." --Sir J.
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