stand for

stand for
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "stand for":
present tense I/you/we/they stand for he/she/it stands for present participle standing for past tense stood for past participle stood for
1) stand for something if a letter, an abbreviation, or a symbol stands for something, that is what it means or represents

The letters ERM stand for Exchange-Rate Mechanism.

2) stand for something
[usually in negatives] to be willing to accept something that someone does

No one makes a fool of me. I won't stand for it!

3) stand for something if someone stands for a particular principle, they believe that principle is important

I hate them and everything they stand for.

4) stand for something
British to try to get chosen in an election for a particular position or as a member of a particular institution. In American English, you say that someone runs for office

Malcolm McLaren stood for Mayor of London in 2000.

She is intending to stand for parliament.


English dictionary. 2014.

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