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standby

 
Adjective standby has 1 sense
  1. standby - ready for emergency use; "a standby generator"; "a standby crew"
    Antonym:
    primary (indirect, via secondary)
Noun standby has 2 senses
  1. standby - something that can be relied on when needed
    --1 is a kind of
    thing
    Derived form: verb stand by2
  2. understudy, standby - an actor able to replace a regular performer when required
    --2 is a kind of actor, histrion, player, thespian, role player
    Derived form: verb stand by2
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