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 (such 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

First Known Use of hold out

circa 1556



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