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staunch

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Etymology

From Old French estanchier, stanch, from Vulgar Latin stanticāre, stop, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] stāre, stand.

Pronunciation

Adjective

staunch (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
staunch

Comparative
er

Superlative
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  1. loyal, trustworthy, reliable, outstanding
    • He's been a staunch supporter of mine through every election.
  2. dependable, persistent
    • Without our staunch front line the enemy would have split the regiment.

Verb

Infinitive
to staunch

Third person singular
staunch

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to staunch (third-person singular simple present staunch, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To stop the flow of (blood).
  2. (transitive) To stop, check, or deter an action.
    • Somebody's got to staunch those press leaks!

Translations

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Usage notes

The spelling staunch is more commonly used for the adjective. In contrast, stanch is more commonly used as the spelling of the verb.

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