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English verb: stand by

1. stand by (stative) not act or do anything

SamplesHe just stood by when the police beat up the demonstrators.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)forbear, refrain

2. stand by (stative) be available or ready for a certain function or service

ExamplesThey stand by a long time

Synonymsstick about, stick around

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)wait

3. stand by (stative) be loyal to

SamplesShe stood by her husband in times of trouble.
The friends stuck together through the war.

Synonymsadhere, stick, stick by

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)be

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