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Verb: stand for  stand for
  1. Express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol
    "What does the Statue of Liberty stand for?";
    - typify, symbolize, symbolise [Brit], represent, symbol [archaic]
     
  2. Denote or connote
    "'maison' stands for 'house' in French";
    - mean, intend, signify
     
  3. Take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to
    "Because of the sound changes in the course of history, an 'h' in Greek stands for an 's' in Latin";
    - represent, correspond
     
  4. Tolerate or bear
    "I won't stand for this kind of behaviour!";
    - hold still for

Derived forms: stood for, stands for, standing for

See also: stand

Type of: abide, be, bear, brook, digest, endure, equal, intend, mean, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate