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stand for (something)

1. To accept, tolerate, permit, or endure something. Usually used in the negative. You've been insulting me all evening long and I will not stand for it any longer! Our new teacher said she won't stand for talking or fooling around in class.
2. To represent, signify, or exemplify something. The stars and stripes of our flag stand for liberty afforded to individual state governments. A: "What do your company's initials stand for?" B: "Mason, Baxter, and Aiken. They're the three founders."
3. To advocate, support, or endorse something. Our chief stands for justice for all citizens, and I have no doubt that he'll be cleared of these charges. Our country stands for freedom above all else.
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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

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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References in classic literature ?
And yet, it may stand for something with those for whom these pale reflections have a tithe of the charm that the real man had for me; and it is to leave such persons thinking yet a little better of him
The reporter had merely come, by his presence in the office and in the printshop of the Winesburg Eagle, to stand for something in the young merchant's mind.
Much depended, as usual, upon the interpretation of the word love; which word came up again and again, whether she considered Rodney, Denham, Mary Datchet, or herself; and in each case it seemed to stand for something different, and yet for something unmistakable and something not to be passed by.
In politics, when you mess with the wrong forces, and if you stand for something, you will die.
The Olympics needs to stand for something, it can't all be about money," he raged.
Silver wants the NBA to stand for something, and in his time at the helm, the league has been more than accommodating in allowing players to speak their minds on social issues, and has taken stances on gun control, feminism, and, of course, racism.
Chapter titles include Let People Be Themselves, Practice Radical Honesty, Build on People's Strengths and Interests, Stand for Something Real, and Creating and Sustaining the Authentic Organization.
You must stand for something or you'll fall for anything.
I say this for her in her own right, but unfortunately we all--you, JR, me--we all are ourselves, and we stand for something also.
Martens' Stand For Something Tour 2015 and here's the best part: tickets are free.
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.
He always emphasised that self-praise is for losers, one should be passionate about work, aim for perfection and deliver the best, stand for something, and never forget the beginnings
But 400 people signing a petition to reopen the site must stand for something.