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Definition of the verb stand up

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  1. rise to one's feet
  2. refuse to back down; remain solid under criticism or attack
  3. put into an upright position
  4. be standing; be upright
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of stand up: stand
    • more generic word: rest = not move
    • more specific terms:
      • ramp = stand with arms or forelegs raised, as if menacing
      • stand back = stand away from an object or person
      • queue up / line up / queue = form a queue, form a line, stand in line
    • entailment: arise / get up / rise / uprise = rise to one's feet
  5. defend against attack or criticism
  6. resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.
  7. rise up as in fear

Alternative definition of the verb stand up


  1. [intransitive] To rise from a lying or sitting position.
  2. [transitive] To bring something up and set it into a standing position.
  3. [transitive, idiomatic] To avoid a prearranged meeting, especially a date, with (a person); to jilt or shirk.
  4. [intransitive, of a thing] To last or endure over a period of time.
  5. [intransitive, of a person or narrative] To continue to be believable, consistent, or plausible.
  6. [intransitive, cricket, of a wicket-keeper] To stand immediately behind the wicket so as to catch balls from a slow or spin bowler, and to attempt to stump the batsman.
  7. [transitive] To launch, propel upwards


STAND UP is a national campaign that seeks to positively impact the current crisis within the United States public education system by calling upon community leaders, parents, students and citizens to encourage change and STAND UP for better schools and the future of America’s children. STAND UP was founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Eli Broad Foundation, and was launched in April 2006 on The Oprah Winfrey Show in a two-part feature.


  1. "Stand Up" is the second album by Jethro Tull; it quickly went to number 1 in the UK while a single, "Sweet Dream", rose to number 5.
  2. "Stand Up" is a song by Ludacris, released as the second official single in 2003, and taken from his fourth album Chicken-n-Beer. It was his first number-one single, with production by Kanye West and co-production by Ludacris himself.
  3. "Stand Up" is the sixth album by Dave Matthews Band, released on May 10, 2005. It was produced by Mark Batson. It was their fourth straight number one album on the Billboard 200. The album was the last to feature full participation from the band's saxophonist, LeRoi Moore, who died during the early production stages of the following album Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.
  4. "Stand Up" is the third Korean mini album by South Korean boy band Big Bang, released by YG Entertainment. The mini album sold over 166,000 copies and contained the hit song "하루하루" or "Day by Day", better known as 'Haru Haru' which managed to achieve as much success as Big Bang's latest hits, "Lies" and "Last Farewell". "Haru Haru" became one of the most successful singles of all-time in South Korea, selling 4,972,770 digital downloads in South Korea alone.
  5. "Stand Up" a.k.a. "Stand Up (For the Champions)" is a song by British band Right Said Fred from their album Stand Up in 2002.
  6. "Stand Up" a.k.a. "Stand Up!" was The Archers fifth studio album and fourth Light Records release. It was co-produced by Elvis Presley’s TCB Band keyboardist Larry Muhoberac and studio engineer John Guess.
  7. "Stand Up" is the second studio album by guitarist Steve Morse, released in 1985 through Elektra Records.
  8. "Stand Up" is a song recorded by New Zealand band The Feelers for their third studio album, Playground Battle. Written by band singer James Reid, the song reached number seventeen on the New Zealand Singles Chart and won the New Zealand Music Award for Radio Airplay Record of the Year. Stan Walker covered the song in 2010.
  9. "Stand Up" is a song by Japanese singer-songwriter Mai Kuraki from her second studio album, Perfect Crime. It was released as the third single from the album on April 18, 2001. The lyrics to the song were penned by Kuraki and the track was produced by Akihito Tokunaga. The single peaked at number two on the Oricon Singles Chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. It has sold about 476,000 copies in Japan as of October 2014. The single's jacket image was compared to that of Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run.
  10. "Stand Up" is the fifth album by British pop group Right Said Fred. It debuted in the top ten of the German Albums Chart, following the success of their previous album Fredhead in the country. The album's lone single "Stand Up" went on to become a heavily used track at sports events all over the world. The song also reached #1 in Japan.
  11. "Stand Up" is the second studio album by the CCM band Everyday Sunday. The album was released on September 24, 2002 through Flicker Records.
  12. "Stand Up" is the debut single for Trapt's second album Someone in Control. It received radio airplay on July 12, 2005, and receives regular play-time at the Air Canada Centre during the pre-game warm-up of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club.
  13. "Stand Up" is a musical album of Leslie Cheung.
    • released in (29 years ago)
  14. "Stand Up" is a song by Australian rock band Jet from their second album Shine On. It is rumored to be the fourth single off the album, and was released as the album's third and final single in the United States. The song has been featured in commercials on the Discovery Channel for the highlights of 2007.


  1. Stand Up a.k.a. Stand Up!! is a Japanese television drama which ran weekly for three months in 2003. The drama, which stars Kazunari Ninomiya of Arashi and Tomohisa Yamashita of NEWS, centers around the lives of the last four virgins left in their highschool as they struggle to lose their virginity over their final high school summer vacation. A 6-DVD Box Set featuring all eleven episodes, as well as six individual volumes were released in Japan on December 18, 2003.
  2. "Stand Up" is a 2008 film directed by Joseph Pierce.
  3. "Stand Up": Get ready for the hilarious film that brings together some of today's best Latina comediennes in America.Starring Mexicana Marilyn Martinez, New York City's Sara Contreras, Cubana Monique Marvez, and Tejana Sandra Valls.
  4. Stand Up is a tv program.
    • begun in (26 years ago)
    • country: United Kingdom
    • genres: Comedy, Drama


  1. Stand Up a.k.a. Stand-up: A stand-up roller coaster is a roller coaster designed to have the passengers stand through the course of the ride. These roller coasters are very intense, and generally carry taller height restrictions than other rides.
    • also known as Stand-up roller coaster
  2. stand up a.k.a. Stand-up meeting: A stand-up meeting is a meeting with attendees typically standing. The discomfort of standing for long periods helps to keep the meetings short.
  3. Stand Up is the title of a song recorded by American country music artist Mel McDaniel. It was released in September 1985 as the lead single and title track from McDaniel's album Stand Up. It peaked at number 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and at number 3 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It was written by Bruce Channel, Ricky Ray Rector, and Sonny Throckmorton.
  4. Stand Up is the debut single by New Zealand rapper Scribe, from his album, The Crusader. It was released as a double A-side with "Not Many".
  5. Stand Up is the debut single released by Australian folk rock group, The Triffids in July 1981. The production by Peter Simpson for the Shake Some Action label was the prize for the band winning a song competition in late 1980. The competition was sponsored by the Western Australian Institute of Technology Student Guild’s radio show on 6NR.

Phrases with Stand Up

  1. Stand Up to
  2. Stand Up For
  3. Stand Up Against
  4. To Stand Up for
  5. to stand up

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Stand Up

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Google previewBashgali Dictionary (2001)

An Analysis of Colonel J. Davidson's Notes on the Bashgali Language by Sten Konow

to rise, stand up ; to blow. The following forms occur in the sentences : — Infinitive, oshtasth dugâ, for rising, for starting, 1383. Conjunctive participle, oshti, having risen; oshti giats, having risen fetch, rise and call, 283. Present 3rd pers.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Community (2003)

From the Village to the Virtual World by DAVID LEVINSON, KAREN CHRISTENSEN

The Digger Song, by Gerrard Winstanley You noble Diggers all, stand up now, stand up now, You noble Diggers all, stand up now, The wast land to maintain, seeing Cavaliers by name Your digging does maintain, and persons all defame ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Worthless Words (2012)

3,000 Words to Stop Using Now by Dave Dowling

up push up raise up ramp up ratchet up rest up rewind up rile up rise up saddle up send it up serve up settle up shore up shrivel up sit up speed up spruce up staff up stand up start up stir up straighten up study up tense up tidy up tighten up.

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Stand Up - Sugarland Sign language

Sign language students perform the song "Stand Up" by Sugarland. Song and video used with permission.

Quotes about Stand Up

So I will stand more steadfastly for the things I stand up for, like people who work for a living. I'd like to be able to stand that way when I go to Congress. (John Murray)
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