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 (wĭth-stănd′, wĭth-)
v. with·stood (-sto͝od′), with·stand·ing, with·stands
1. To resist or oppose with determined effort: The soldiers withstood the attack.
2. To be undamaged or unaffected by: The house withstood the storm.
To resist or endure successfully.

[Middle English withstanden, from Old English withstandan : with, against; see with + standan, to stand; see stand.]
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References in classic literature ?
The latter, all the while swearing that he would not go, went on board with a regular arsenal of hunting weapons, among which were two double-barrelled breech-loading fowling-pieces, and a rifle that had withstood every test, of the make of Purdey, Moore & Dickson, at Edinburgh.
We have in Italy, for example, the Duke of Ferrara, who could not have withstood the attacks of the Venetians in '84, nor those of Pope Julius in '10, unless he had been long established in his dominions.
None but a god could have withstood him as he flung himself into the gateway, and his eyes glared like fire.