From Middle English atstonden, etstonden, ætstanden, from Old English ætstandan (“to stand still, stand at, stand near, stand in, stand by, stop, rest, stay, remain, stand up, check, resist, cease, blight (crops)”), equivalent to at- + stand. Conflated with in some senses with Middle English anstanden (“to resist”). See astand.
atstand (third-person singular simple present atstands, present participle atstanding, simple past and past participle atstood)
- (intransitive, obsolete) To stand still; remain; stay.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To come to a standstill; stop.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To make a hostile stand; resist; withstand.
- (transitive, obsolete) To stand to; withstand; resist; stand close to; press.