From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishstaunchstaunch1 /stɔːntʃ $ stɒːntʃ, stɑːntʃ/ adjective [only before noun]FAITHFULgiving strong loyal support to another person, organization, belief etc syn steadfasta staunch conservativestaunch supporter/ally/advocateone of Bush’s staunchest supporters —staunchly adverb —staunchness noun [uncountable]
staunchstaunch2 (also stanch American English) verb [transitive]MHLIQUIDto stop the flow of liquid, especially of blood from a wound syn stemHe used a rag to staunch the flow of blood.→ See Verb table
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staunch• It bubbled up from somewhere deep and was too strong to staunch.• Well, at least most of the snow coming in was staunched.• There was that black future to fend off: there was the endless black past to staunch and help.• Gas and oilpipelines have staunched many creeks and rivers, swampingprimepastures and crop lands.• He used the cloth to try to staunch the flow of blood.• Using three of the strips of cloth, he bound his thigh firmly, staunching the flow of blood.• The declaredgoal of Washington's policy is to staunch the flow of illicitdrugs.• There were hopes that Gordon Brown might try to staunch the outflow with a concession in his last Budget.From Longman Business Dictionarystaunchstaunch /stɔːntʃstɒːntʃ, stɑːntʃ/ adjectivegiving strong loyal support to a person, organization, or beliefThey are staunch trade unionists.He is a staunch supporter of the free market. —staunchly adverbThe company has staunchly defended its right to use the name on its new model.