stand for

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stand for (third-person singular simple present stands for, present participle standing for, simple past and past participle stood for)

  1. (idiomatic) To mean; to symbolize; to represent
    The abbreviation CIA stands for "Central Intelligence Agency".
    • John Locke
      I will not trouble myself, whether these names stand for the same thing, or really include one another.
  2. To advocate, to support
  3. To tolerate
    We won't stand for that type of behaviour.