a. Status with respect to rank, reputation, or position in society or a profession: obsessed with their low social standing.
b. High reputation; esteem: a person of standing in the community.
2. Continuance in time; duration: a friendship of long standing.
3. Law The right or capacity of a party to assert a particular cause of action in a court of law, based on such factors as whether the party is authorized by law to sue and has sufficient stake in the outcome to ensure that the case will be properly presented.
4. The act of one that stands: sore feet from standing for so long.
5. standings Sports A listing of individual competitors or of teams in a league according to their record of performance.
a. Remaining upright; erect.
b. Not cut down: standing timber.
2. Performed or done from a standing position: a standing jump; a standing ovation.
3. Permanent and unchanging; fixed.
4. Remaining in force or use indefinitely: a standing invitation.
5. Not movable; stationary.
6. Not flowing or circulating; stagnant.
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