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Synonyms for withstand



  • give way to
  • succumb to
  • give in to
  • surrender to
  • yield to
  • capitulate to
  • relent to

Synonyms for withstand

to oppose actively and with force


Synonyms for withstand

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But," rejoined the officer, "could any balloon withstand the wear and tear of such velocity?
In the window opening he set small branches about an inch in diameter both vertically and horizontally, and so woven that they formed a substantial grating that could withstand the strength of a powerful animal.
As he was leaving the battery, firing was heard on the left also, and as it was too far to the left flank for him to have time to go there himself, Prince Bagration sent Zherkov to tell the general in command (the one who had paraded his regiment before Kutuzov at Braunau) that he must retreat as quickly as possible behind the hollow in the rear, as the right flank would probably not be able to withstand the enemy's attack very long.
Astok saw that he could not for long withstand the cunning craft of that terrible sword hand.
At last the green men could withstand the onslaught of overwhelming numbers no longer.
It is certain my Don Quixote was in two small, stout volumes not much bigger each than my Goldsmith's 'Greece', bound in a sort of law-calf, well fitted to withstand the wear they were destined to undergo.
They could not believe that any tackle could withstand for long this Titanic force.
I do not need to explain to you the slender chances the Vanator has to withstand the fury of the tempest, nor will I order you to your deaths.
It was an offence to him that any of the Folk should dare to withstand him.
For my weapons are Truth and Right, and no man can withstand them.
I may add, that as some organisms will breed most freely under the most unnatural conditions (for instance, the rabbit and ferret kept in hutches), showing that their reproductive system has not been thus affected; so will some animals and plants withstand domestication or cultivation, and vary very slightly--perhaps hardly more than in a state of nature.
It must be either that you think she is essentially so vicious, or so feeble-minded, that she cannot withstand temptation, - and though she may be pure and innocent as long as she is kept in ignorance and restraint, yet, being destitute of real virtue, to teach her how to sin is at once to make her a sinner, and the greater her knowledge, the wider her liberty, the deeper will be her depravity, - whereas, in the nobler sex, there is a natural tendency to goodness, guarded by a superior fortitude, which, the more it is exercised by trials and dangers, is only the further developed - '
As he went, the pangs of hunger grew so strong that, unable to withstand them, he jumped into a field to pick a few grapes that tempted him.
But several facts passed: Charles pressed for them with an impertinence that the undergraduate could not withstand.
With this thought as an ally her words took on a plausibility hard to withstand.