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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Withstand \With*stand"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Withstood; p. pr. & vb. n. Withstanding.] [AS. wi[eth]standan. See With, prep., and Stand.] To stand against; to oppose; to resist, either with physical or moral force; as, to withstand an attack of troops; to withstand eloquence or arguments. --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] I withstood him to the face. --Gal. ii. 11. [1913 Webster] Some village Hampden, that, with dauntless breast. The little tyrant of his fields withstood. --Gray. [1913 Webster]