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Definition of standing
1position, status, or reputation:their standing in the community a man of high social standing
) the table of scores indicating the relative positions of competitors in a sports contest:she heads the world championship standings
2used to specify the length of time that something has lasted or that someone has fulfilled a particular role:an interdepartmental squabble of long standing
1(of a jump or a start in a running race) performed from rest or an upright position, without a run-up or the use of starting blocks. 2remaining in force or use; permanent:he has a standing invitation to visit them a standing army 3(of water) stagnant or still. 4(of grain) not yet reaped and so still erect. 5 Printing (of metal type) kept set up after use.