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stand vb

1 : to be in a particular state or situation [ accused]
2 : to remain valid or effective [let the ruling ]
: to submit to [ trial]

stand in judgment
: to submit to the judgment of the court

stand in the shoes of
: to assume the rights or obligations of

stand mute
: to be effectively silent: as
a : to exercise the privilege against self-incrimination (as in a trial)
b : to raise no objections [the prosecution agreed to stand mute at the sentencing]

stand on
: to depend on esp. as the basis of an argument or claim [a party who stands on the writing as a complete and exclusive embodiment of the contract "J. J. White and R. S. Summers"]

n : the place taken by a witness for testifying in court [take the ] compare bar, bench, dock, sidebar

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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