Definition of stand for in English:

stand for

phrasal verb

  • 1Be an abbreviation of or symbol for.

    ‘BBC stands for British Broadcasting Corporation’
    • ‘Symbols stand for something, yet this one doesn't seem to represent anything at all.’
    • ‘Find out what those pesky acronyms and abbreviations stand for.’
    • ‘This abbreviation stands for DVD rewritable disc and means that it can be recorded and erased just the same as a VHS video.’
    • ‘However the abbreviation in this case stands for Cross Program Recovery.’
    • ‘We then developed these pictures into symbols that would stand for the sounds we made when we spoke to others.’
    • ‘Within Christian symbolism, bread stood for the body of Christ.’
    • ‘CI stands for Cycle Indicator and NCI stands for Neutral Cycle Indicator.’
    • ‘Green denoted hope for renewal, red stood for the ancestors' courage, and yellow symbolized the country's treasures.’
    • ‘He also showed me which arabic symbol stood for Allah, and which stood for Mohammad.’
    • ‘The glyph for Neptune is the symbol of a trident, which stands for rulership over the sea.’
    mean, be an abbreviation of, represent, signify, denote, indicate, correspond to, be equivalent to, symbolize
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  • 2informal with negative Refuse to endure or tolerate.

    ‘I won't stand for any nonsense’
    • ‘The referee refused to stand for any nonsense and brandished a succession of cards.’
    • ‘He did not stand for nonsense from anyone.’
    • ‘This patient won't stand for any nonsense - but she does require instant gratification’
    • ‘He would not stand for any nonsense.’
    • ‘Would the world stand for a country that approved of athletes who refused to compete against people because of their religion?’
    • ‘It's getting to the point where hunt supporters won't stand for it.’
    put up with, endure, tolerate, allow, accept, take, abide, suffer, support, brook, countenance
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  • 3Support (a cause or principle)

    ‘we stand for animal welfare’
    • ‘On that day the principles I stood for and believed in were set aside on the altar of political expediency.’
    • ‘In spite of their peaceable professions, the French revolutionaries had always believed that they stood for principles of universal validity.’
    • ‘Ours is the only party that stands for the fundamental principle that all workers must be able to live and work in whichever country they choose.’
    • ‘The members of the Green Party will say that they stand for green principles.’
    • ‘Surely he isn't arguing that you have to agree with everything a politician stands for in order to support that politician.’
    • ‘This is not to suggest that we support everything he stands for.’
    • ‘If parties need cash, let them go out and convince people that they stand for something worth supporting.’
    • ‘We are the people who truly care and who truly promote and stand for Women's Rights.’
    • ‘If that doesn't give you a clear indication of what they stand for then I don't know what will.’
    • ‘And while I agree with everything else the Green Party stands for, I can't abide by that point.’
    advocate, champion, uphold, defend, stand up for, support, be in favour of, promote, recommend, urge, back, endorse, sponsor, espouse, push for, work for, campaign for
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