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Definition 1: not act or do anything - [verb of stative]

Samples where stand by or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He just stood by when the police beat up the demonstrators

(stand by is a kind of ...) resist doing something

"He refrained from hitting him back" "she could not forbear weeping"

Definition 2: be loyal to - [verb of stative]

Samples where stand by or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She stood by her husband in times of trouble
  • The friends stuck together through the war

Synonyms for stand by in the sense of this definition

(stand by is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

Definition 3: be available or ready for a certain function or service - [verb of stative]

Synonyms for stand by in the sense of this definition

(stand by is a kind of ...) stay in one place and anticipate or expect something

"I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"

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