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stand for something

 
1. to permit something; to endure something. The teacher won't stand for any whispering in class. We just can't stand for that kind of behavior.
2. to signify something. In a traffic signal, the red light stands for "stop." The abbreviation Dr. stands for "doctor."
3. to endorse or support an ideal. The mayor claims to stand for honesty in government and jobs for everyone. Every candidate for public office stands for all the good things in life.
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stand for something

1. to represent something She explained that DIN stands for “do it now.” Traditionally, images of lions stand for royalty.
2. to support particular principles or values I'm not sure whether that group stands for more or less regulation of the power industry. He wanted his party to stand for human rights.
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stand for

1. Represent, symbolize, as in The stars and stripes stands for our country. [Early 1600s]
2. Advocate, support, uphold, as in The National Writers Union stands for freedom of the press. [c. 1300] Also see stand up for.
3. Put up with, tolerate. This usage is generally in a negative context, as in Mother will not stand for rude behavior. [Late 1800s] Also see hold still for.
4. stand for something. Have some value or importance, as in She realized that appearances do stand for something. This usage dates from the mid-1800s but was preceded by stand for nothing, meaning "be worthless," dating from the late 1300s. Also see stand in for.
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stand for

v.
1. To represent something; symbolize something: In military code, "Charlie" stands for the letter C. What does your middle initial stand for?
2. To advocate or support something: I stand for freedom of the press.
3. To tolerate something; put up with something: We will not stand for rude behavior.
4. To run in some election or for some elected office: The incumbent stood for reelection.
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I have been swept along by this extraordinary truth: that we all come from a place and we all want to stand for something.
BRITAIN needs politicians who stand for something - not politicians who will stand for anything just to hang onto a position of power, said a leading Tory T peer.
From its premium ingredients and hiring practices to its environmental responsibility, design and community investment, Shake Shack's mission is to stand for something good.
CONTEXT is vital to architecture - as well as standing proud, buildings stand for something.
Every retailer has to stand for something,'' Demoulas asserted.
But 400 people signing a petition to reopen the site must stand for something.
But Matt Baker, the chairman of the House Health Committee and a Baptist, has petitioned the Pennsylvania General Assembly to stand for something other than women's reproductive health needs.
CEO of Rovio Entertainment Mikael Hed said that the new game is breaking the mold by introducing strong, passionate characters who really stand for something, while adding plenty of action and reality into the mix.
From its ingredients and employment practices to its environmental responsibility, design and community investment, Shake Shack's mission is to continually Stand for Something Good[umlaut].
At Better they believe it is the brands that stand for something that their customers believe in that rise above the rest.
I think this could stand for something else; "social containment by the able bodied" (Scab).
The feelgood factor intensified with old favourites Selector and Nobody, while the triple encore of Stand For Something, Pressure and new song Warning ensured everyone left with smiles as wide as those worn on the balcony at Buck House just hours earlier.
In order to be truly happy you must stand for something larger than yourself," she says.
There's got to be consistency in the group and you've got to stand for something.
As the number of models and makers increase, it will be those automakers whose products stand for something that will create for themselves a customer base that identifies with those ideals and images.