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Dictionary Definition

standing adj
1 having a supporting base; "a standing lamp" [syn: standing(a)]
2 (of fluids) not moving or flowing; "mosquitoes breed in standing water" [syn: standing(a)] [ant: running(a)]
3 not created for a particular occasion; "a standing committee" [syn: standing(a)]
4 maintaining an erect position; "standing timber"; "many buildings were still standing" [syn: upright] [ant: falling]
5 executed in or initiated from a standing position; "a standing ovation"; "race from a standing start"; "a standing jump"; "a standing ovation" [syn: standing(a)] [ant: running(a)]
6 (of persons) on the feet; having the torso in an erect position supported by straight legs; "standing room only"; "a standing ovation" [ant: seated]
7 permanent; "a standing army"
8 not cut down; "standing timber"; "uncut trees" [syn: uncut]


1 social or financial or professional status or reputation; "of equal standing"; "a member in good standing"
2 the act of assuming or maintaining an erect upright position

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈstændɪŋ/


  1. present participle of stand; in the process of coming to an upright position


  1. Erect, not cut down.
  2. Performed from an erect position.
    standing ovation
  3. Remaining in force or status.
  4. Stagnant; not moving or flowing.


  1. Position or reputation in society or a profession: "He does not have much of a standing as a chemist".
  2. Duration.
  3. The act of a person who stands, or a place where someone stands.
  4. The position of a team in a league or of a player in a list: "After their last win, their standing went up three places".
  5. room in which to park a vehicle or vehicles
    • 1992, P.D. James, The Children of Men, page 28:
    "There was no garage at Lathbury Road, but we had standing for two cars in front of the house."
    • 2000, Bob Breen, Mission Accomplished, East Timor, page 149:
    "The engineering crisis boiled down to roads, hard standing, and waste."
  6. the right to bring a legal action





From standa (to stand).


standing s





From standing.




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Extensive Definition

Standing may refer to:
  • Standing (position), the human position
  • Standing (law), the ability of a party bringing a lawsuit to demonstrate to the court sufficient connection to and harm from the law or action challenged

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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