Status with respect to rank, reputation, or position in society or a profession. High reputation; esteem: a person of standing in the community. Continuance in time; duration: a friendship of long standing. Law The right or capacity to initiate a suit. The act of one that stands. A place where a person or thing stands. Sports A listing of individual competitors or of teams in a league according to their record of performance. Remaining upright; erect. Not cut down: standing timber. Performed or done from a standing position: a standing jump; a standing ovation. Permanent and unchanging; fixed. Remaining in force or use indefinitely: a standing invitation. Not movable; stationary. Not flowing or circulating; stagnant.