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hold out

verb

Definition of hold out

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to remain unsubdued or unyielding <where 30 of the … refugees were still holding out — Anna Tomforde>; also :  to continue to function or be available :  last <prayed that the engine would hold out> <as long as our money holds out>

  3. 2 :  to refuse to go along with others in a concerted action or to come to an agreement <holding out for a shorter workweek>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to present as something realizable :  proffer

  6. 2 :  to represent to be

hold out on

  1. :  to withhold something (as information) from



Examples of hold out in a sentence

  1. <we hoped our supply of firewood would hold out until power was restored>

  2. <luckily, the old outboard motor held out till we made it to shore>



Circa 1556

First Known Use of hold out

circa 1556



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