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Definition 1: cause to be slowed down or delayed - [verb of change]

Samples where hold up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Traffic was delayed by the bad weather
  • she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform

Synonyms for hold up in the sense of this definition

(hold up is a kind of ...) lose velocity; move more slowly

"The car decelerated"

(... is a kind of hold up ) engage in delaying tactics or refuse to cooperate

"The President stonewalled when he realized the plot was being uncovered by a journalist"

(... is a kind of hold up ) delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned

"I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"

(... is a kind of hold up ) deliberately delay an event or action

"she doesn't want to write the report, so she is stalling"

(... is a kind of hold up ) act so as to delay an event or action in order to gain an advantage

Definition 2: be the physical support of; carry the weight of - [verb of contact]

Samples where hold up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The beam holds up the roof
  • He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam
  • What's holding that mirror?

Synonyms for hold up in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of hold up ) provide with a scaffold for support

"scaffold the building before painting it"

(... is a kind of hold up ) support structurally

"truss the roofs" "trussed bridges"

(... is a kind of hold up ) support by placing against something solid or rigid

"shore and buttress an old building"

(... is a kind of hold up ) support from beneath

(... is a kind of hold up ) support with brackets

"bracket bookshelves"

(... is a kind of hold up ) support on poles

"pole climbing plants like beans"

(... is a kind of hold up ) keep afloat

"The life vest buoyed him up"

(... is a kind of hold up ) support on chocks

"chock the boat"

(... is a kind of hold up ) bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of

"His efforts carried the entire project" "How many credits is this student carrying?" "We carry a very large mortgage"

(... is a kind of hold up ) support, secure, or raise with a block

"block a plate for printing" "block the wheels of a car"

(... is a kind of hold up ) support by bracing

Definition 3: hold up something as an example; hold up one's achievements for admiration - [verb of perception]

(hold up is a kind of ...) to show, make visible or apparent

"The Metropolitan Museum is exhibiting Goya's works this month" "Why don't you show your nice legs and wear shorter skirts?" "National leaders will have to display the highest skills of statesmanship"

Definition 4: rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat - [verb of possession]

Synonyms for hold up in the sense of this definition

(hold up is a kind of ...) take something away by force or without the consent of the owner

"The burglars robbed him of all his money"

(... is a kind of hold up ) rob at gunpoint or with the threat of violence

"I was mugged in the streets of New York last night"

(hold up implies ...) attack someone physically or emotionally

"The mugger assaulted the woman" "Nightmares assailed him regularly"

(hold up belongs to category ...) (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

"a long record of crimes"

Definition 5: continue to live and avoid dying - [verb of stative]

Samples where hold up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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?
  • One crash victim died, the other lived

Synonyms for hold up in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of hold up ) resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.

"Her shoes won't hold up" "This theory won't hold water"

(... is a kind of hold up ) survive from season to season, of plants

(... is a kind of hold up ) live out one's life; live to the end

(hold up has a similar meaning as ...) have life, be alive

"Our great leader is no more" "My grandfather lived until the end of war"

(hold up has a similar meaning as ...) support oneself

"he could barely exist on such a low wage" "Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?" "Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day"

Definition 6: resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc. - [verb of stative]

Samples where hold up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her shoes won't hold up
  • This theory won't hold water

Synonyms for hold up in the sense of this definition

(hold up is a kind of ...) continue to live and avoid dying

"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?" "One crash victim died, the other lived"

Definition 7: resist or confront with resistance - [verb of stative]

Samples where hold up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The politician defied public opinion
  • The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
  • The bridge held

Synonyms for hold up in the sense of this definition

(hold up is a kind of ...) stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

(... is a kind of hold up ) face and withstand with courage

"She braved the elements"

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