stand by

1) PHRASAL VERB If you are standing by, you are ready and waiting to provide help or to take action.
See also standby

[V P to-inf] British and American warships are standing by to evacuate their citizens if necessary...

[V P for n] We will be holding the auditions from nine o'clock tomorrow night so stand by for details. [Also V P]

2) PHRASAL VERB (disapproval) If you stand by and let something bad happen, you do not do anything to stop it.

[V P] The Secretary of Defence has said that he would not stand by and let democracy be undermined...

[V P] The police just stood by and watched as the missiles rained down on us.

3) PHRASAL VERB (approval) If you stand by someone, you continue to give them support, especially when they are in trouble.

[V P n] I wouldn't break the law for a friend, but I would stand by her if she did.

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4) PHRASAL VERB If you stand by an earlier decision, promise, or statement, you continue to support it or keep it.

[V P n] The decision has been made and I have got to stand by it...

[V P n] He continues to insist that all he wrote in the book is nothing but the truth, and that he will stand by his word.

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