stand by

stand by

  1. (idiomatic, intransitive) To wait in expectation of some event; to make ready.
    Please stand by for more instructions.
  2. (idiomatic, transitive) To remain loyal or faithful to.
    Even though money is scarce sometimes, Ann stands by her decision to be a full-time mother.
  3. (idiomatic, transitive) To support; to continue to support despite things being bad.
    They stood by us all along and it's awesome to see them out here to support us today.
  4. (intransitive) To do nothing. To be inactive in a situation.
    I can't simply stand by and watch you ruin your life.
  5. (intransitive) to be ready to provide assistance if required.
    The tug stood by in case it was needed.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: se tenir prêt
  • Portuguese: esperar
  • Russian: быть в ожида́нии
  • Spanish: esperar
  • French: rester fidèle à, maintenir, s'en tenir à
  • Russian: стоя́ть за
  • Russian: подде́рживать
  • Russian: безде́йствовать

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