"withstands" in the verb sense
1. defy, withstand, hold, hold up
resist or confront with resistance
"The politician defied public opinion"
"The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"
"The bridge held"
2. resist, hold out, withstand, stand firm
stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
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