standing ( standings plural )
1 n-uncount Someone's standing is their reputation or status.
with supp, oft adj N, with poss
...an artist of international standing..., He has improved his country's standing abroad...
2 n-count A party's or person's standing is their popularity.
usu sing, with poss
But, as the opinion poll shows, the party's standing with the people at large has never been so low...
3 adj You use standing to describe something which is permanently in existence.
Israel has a relatively small standing army and its strength is based on its reserves..., Elizabeth had a standing invitation to stay with her.
5 You can use the expression of many years' standing to say that something has had a particular function or someone has had a particular role for many years. For example, if a place is your home of ten years' standing, it has been your home for ten years.
of many years' standing phrase n PHR
...a Congressman of 24 years' standing..., My girlfriend of long standing left me.
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