standby

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From stand + by.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (noun): IPA(key): /ˈstændˌbaɪ/
  • (verb): IPA(key): /ˈstænd ˈbaɪ/

Noun[edit]

standby (plural standbys)

  1. State of readiness without being immediately involved.
    The troops were on standby in case of an attack.
  2. (travel) Waiting at the airport in the hope of getting a seat on a flight that is already booked out.
  3. Something that is standard, well-tested, or frequently used.
    That recipe is an old standby, and she keeps the ingredients around in case of unexpected guests.

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Verb[edit]

standby (third-person singular simple present standbys, present participle standbying, simple past and past participle standbyed)

  1. (proscribed neologism, operations) Wait briefly: Alternative spelling of stand by
    Standby while I check that for you.

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