The Collaborative Dictionary
Withstand \With*stand"\, v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Withstood
; p. pr. & vb. n.
wi[eth]standan. See With
prep., and Stand
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.
[1913 Webster] Some village Hampden, that, with
dauntless breast. The little tyrant of his fields withstood.
--Gray. [1913 Webster]