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Definition 1: thrust or extend out - [verb of body]

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

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

Synonyms for hold out in the sense of this definition

(hold out is a kind of ...) show, express or direct through movement

"He gestured his desire to leave"

(... is a kind of hold out ) extend a joint beyond its normal range

"Don't hyperextend your elbow"

Definition 2: stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something - [verb of competition]

Synonyms for hold out in the sense of this definition

(hold out is a kind of ...) fight against or resist strongly

"The senator said he would oppose the bill" "Don't fight it!"

(... is a kind of hold out ) be stubborn in resolution or resistance

(... is a kind of hold out ) refuse to back down; remain solid under criticism or attack

(... is a kind of hold out ) resist bravely

"He outbraved the enemy"

(... is a kind of hold out ) resist and fight to a standoff

"Dallas had enough of a lead to hold the Broncos off"

(... is a kind of hold out ) hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright

"I am standing my ground and won't give in!"

(... is a kind of hold out ) resist or confront with resistance

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

Definition 3: continue to live and avoid dying - [verb of stative]

Samples where hold out 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 out in the sense of this definition

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

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

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

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

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

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

(hold out 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 4: last and be usable - [verb of stative]

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

  • This dress wore well for almost ten years

Synonyms for hold out in the sense of this definition

(hold out is a kind of ...) persist for a specified period of time

"The bad weather lasted for three days"

Definition 5: wait uncompromisingly for something desirable - [verb of stative]

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

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

(hold out is a kind of ...) wait before acting

"the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment"

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