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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)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To stand still; remain; stay.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To come to a standstill; stop.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To make a hostile stand; resist; withstand.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To stand to; withstand; resist; stand close to; press.