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Verb withstand has 2 senses
  1. defy, withstand, hold, hold up - resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"
    --1 is one way to resist, hold out, withstand, stand firm
    Derived form: noun withstander1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  2. resist, hold out, withstand, stand firm - stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
    --2 is one way to fight, oppose, fight back, fight down, defend
    Derived form: noun withstander2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
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