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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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