stand by

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stand by(
stahnd
 
bay
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to not get involved)
a. mantenerse al margen
Those who stood by and watched were found guilty of providing moral support to the thief.Los que se mantuvieron al margen y se quedaron viendo fueron hallados culpables de dar apoyo moral al ladrón.
b. quedarse de brazos cruzados
This is unfair. I'm not going to stand by.Esto es injusto. No voy a quedarme de brazos cruzados.
2. (to be at the ready)
a. estar preparado
The fire department is standing by at the fireworks show just in case.El cuerpo de bomberos está preparado en el espectáculo de fuegos artificiales por si acaso.
b. aguardar
Please stand by for further instructions.Aguarde nuevas instrucciones.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Flight attendants, stand by for landing.Auxiliares de vuelo, listas para aterrizar.
Stand by for incoming!¡Listos para recibir un obús!
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
3. (to uphold)
a. mantener
The media were shocked when he stood by his racist statements.Los medios de comunicación se sorprendieron cuando mantuvo sus declaraciones racistas.
b. atenerse
The candidate won over followers by standing by what she promised.La candidata ganó adeptos al atenerse a lo prometido.
4. (to support)
a. apoyar
Kelly stood by Bill even when everyone else had turned against him.Kelly apoyó a Bill aún cuando todos los demás se habían vuelto contra él.
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stand by
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (friend)
a. apoyar
2. (promise, prediction)
a. mantener
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (be ready)
a. estar preparado(a)
4. (not get involved)
a. mantenerse al margen, quedarse sin hacer nada
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stand by
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
1 (do nothing) mantenerse aparte
How could you stand idly by while they attacked him? We will not simply stand by and let democracy be undermined
2 (be ready) estar preparado or listo
stand by for further news seguirán más noticias; stand by for take-off! ¡listos para despegar!; the Navy is standing by to help unidades de la Flota están listas para prestar ayuda
intransitive verb
[+person] apoyar or respaldar a
She stood by her husband despite the accusations
[+promise] cumplir con
we stand by what we said nos atenemos a lo dicho; the Minister stood by his decision el Ministro mantuvo su decisión
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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