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HOLD OUT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hold out mean? 

HOLD OUT (verb)
  The verb HOLD OUT has 5 senses:

1. thrust or extend out
2. stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
3. last and be usable
4. wait uncompromisingly for something desirable
5. continue to live; endure or last

  Familiarity information: HOLD OUT used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


HOLD OUT (verb)


Sense 1hold out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Thrust or extend out

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

exsert; hold out; stretch forth; stretch out; put out; extend

Context examples:

He held out his hand / point a finger / extend a hand / the bee exserted its sting

Hypernyms (to "hold out" is one way to...):

gesticulate; gesture; motion (show, express or direct through movement)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "hold out"):

hyperextend (extend a joint beyond its normal range)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2hold out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

stand firm; resist; hold out; withstand

Hypernyms (to "hold out" is one way to...):

defend; fight; fight back; fight down; oppose (fight against or resist strongly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "hold out"):

defy; hold; hold up; withstand (resist or confront with resistance)

remain firm; stand (hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright)

hold off (resist and fight to a standoff)

outbrave (resist bravely)

stand up (refuse to back down; remain solid under criticism or attack)

stand out (be stubborn in resolution or resistance)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3hold out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Last and be usable

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

hold out; endure; wear

Context example:

This dress wore well for almost ten years

Hypernyms (to "hold out" is one way to...):

endure; last (persist for a specified period of time)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s Adjective/Noun
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

The sheets didn't hold out


Sense 4hold out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wait uncompromisingly for something desirable

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

He held out for the dessert and did not touch the cheeses

Hypernyms (to "hold out" is one way to...):

hold back; hold off; wait (wait before acting)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

They hold out a long time


Sense 5hold out [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Continue to live; endure or last

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

live on; survive; last; endure; live; hold up; hold out; go

Context examples:

We went without water and food for 3 days / These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America / The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents / how long can a person last without food and water?

"Hold out" entails doing...:

be; live (have life, be alive)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "hold out"):

hold up; hold water; stand up (resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.)

perennate (survive from season to season, of plants)

live out (live out one's life; live to the end)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

The business is going to hold out


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