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Meaning of STAND BY

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  be available or ready for a certain function or service
  2. [v]  be loyal to; "She stood by her husband in times of trouble"
  3. [v]  not act or do anything; "He just stood by when the police beat up the demonstrators"
 
 Synonyms: adhere, stick about, stick around, stick by, stick to, stick with
 
 See Also: be, forbear, refrain, wait

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Stand"-by`\, n.
One who, or that which, stands by one in need; something upon
which one relies for constant use or in an emergency.

 

 

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