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Synonyms for stand by

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stand by(verb)

    not act or do anything

    "He just stood by when the police beat up the demonstrators"

    stick by, stick around, stick about, stick, adhere

  2. stand by, stick around, stick about(verb)

    be available or ready for a certain function or service

    stay, stay put, stick, stick about, adhere, stick around, stick by

  3. stand by, stick by, stick, adhere(verb)

    be loyal to

    "She stood by her husband in times of trouble"; "The friends stuck together through the war"

    stupefy, stick by, baffle, stick, perplex, cleave, bond, get, mystify, flummox, cling, bind, beat, stick around, nonplus, dumbfound, cohere, lodge, sting, hold fast, stick about, deposit, amaze, stick to, stay put, gravel, stay, bewilder, wedge, vex, pose, puzzle, adhere


  1. stand by(verb)

    go to the wall for someone

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. stand by

    Help expresses greater dependence and deeper need than aid. In extremity we say "God help me!" rather than "God aid me!" In time of danger we cry "help! help!" rather than "aid! aid!" To aid is to second another's own exertions. We can speak of helping the helpless, but not of aiding them. Help includes aid, but aid may fall short of the meaning of help. In law to aid or abet makes one a principal. (Compare synonyms for ACCESSORY.) To cooperate is to aid as an equal; to assist implies a subordinate and secondary relation. One assists a fallen friend to rise; he cooperates with him in helping others. Encourage refers to mental aid, as uphold now usually does; succor and support, oftenest to material assistance. We encourage the timid or despondent, succor the endangered, support the weak, uphold those who else might be shaken or cast down. Compare ABET; PROMOTE.

    abet, aid, assist, befriend, cooperate, encourage, foster, help, second, succor, support, sustain, uphold

    counteract, discourage, oppose, resist, thwart, withstand

    Help in an enterprise with money; help to success; against the enemy.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. stand by

    stand near, be near

  2. stand by

    support, assist, aid, help, defend, side with, stand for, not desert

  3. stand by

    defend, maintain, vindicate, make good, justify

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. stand by

    befriend, vindicate, advocate, defend, maintain

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How to use stand by in a sentence?

  1. Jackie Speier:

    I cannot stand by while these provisions are slipped into an otherwise excellent bill through underhanded maneuvers that run contrary to our democratic process.

  2. Chika Onuegbu:

    Let me on behalf of the leadership of TUC Rivers State; pledge to continue to stand by the workers and the ordinary people as well as on our original ideology as a mass movement.

  3. Natalie Allison:

    If you love me then really love me. Don’t pretend, don’t just say it, and don’t leave like everyone before you. Love me, and love me to the end, stand by my side, and hold me when I cry. Love me like it’s the only chance you’ve got, because even though I’m not the best at saying “no” when someone offers love, I’m one bruise away from being broken. So love me like you mean it

  4. Teacher Mark Brejcha:

    I feel like our country is like family, family is not perfect, but family is very important. You take the good and the bad and everything else in-between and you stand by it and you respect it.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Hard times in life are inevitable, and almost everyone has to go through the rough patches at least once in lifetime. Sometimes those hard times can be real blessings in disguise, for they reveal who your true friends are. The hard times enable you to recognize and appreciate your true friends who stand by your side even during the challenging difficult times, when your fair weather friends disown you and walk away from you. Perhaps God sends those tough times your way, so that your life stream gets rid of the dirt and stones, in my view, and the pure clean stream begins to flow smoothly once again.

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