withstand

[ with-stand, with- ]SEE DEFINITION OF withstand
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It required all the captain's seamanship, and the efforts of all the crew, to withstand it.

He was just in time to help other troops, not in numbers enough to withstand the shock.

He dreaded lest his principles should not withstand the strong temptation.

He was weak and soft-hearted, and had never been able to withstand a woman's tears.

They could not withstand the driving rain, the water swirling round their knees.

This time the impact was so great the door could not withstand it, and down it came with a thud.

He was of more than ordinary strength, and no one could withstand him.

But the sudden jolt of his great weight was more than his muscles could withstand.

The armor of his forts was calculated to withstand the 36-lb.

The gold dust and the dust of the road, could they withstand a drop of rain?

WORD ORIGIN

Old English wiðstandan, from wið "against" (see with) + standan "to stand" (see stand (v.)); perhaps a loan-translation of Latin resistere "to resist" (see resist). Cf. Old Norse viðstanda, Old Frisian withstonda, Old High German widarstan. In 14c. and early 15c., withsit was in use with the same meaning. Related: Withstood; withstanding.

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