with·stand /wɪθˈstænd, wɪð-/
With·stand v. t. [imp. & p. p. Withstood p. pr. & vb. n. Withstanding.] To stand against; to oppose; to resist, either with physical or moral force; as, to withstand an attack of troops; to withstand eloquence or arguments.
I withstood him to the face. --Gal. ii. 11.
Some village Hampden, that, with dauntless breast.
The little tyrant of his fields withstood. --Gray.
v 1: resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied
public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the
greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held" [syn: defy,
hold, hold up]
2: stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something [syn:
resist, hold out, stand firm] [ant: surrender]