hold·​out | \ ˈhōld-ˌau̇t How to pronounce holdout (audio) \

Definition of holdout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that holds out (as in negotiations) also : an instance of holding out

hold out

held out; holding out; holds out

Definition of hold out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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 entry 1 prayed that the engine would hold out as long as our money holds out
2 : to refuse to go along with others in a concerted action or to come to an agreement holding out for a shorter workweek

transitive verb

1 : to present as something realizable : proffer
2 : to represent to be
hold out on
: to withhold something (such as information) from

Synonyms & Antonyms for holdout

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of holdout in a Sentence

Noun He says he might be a holdout at the start of the next season if the team doesn't agree to pay him more. He is expected to end his three-week holdout and join the team tomorrow. A few holdouts still use typewriters, but nearly everybody uses computers now. Verb we hoped our supply of firewood would hold out until power was restored luckily, the old outboard motor held out till we made it to shore
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Putin declared victory in the strategic port city late last month even as a holdout of Ukrainian resistance remained in the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works plant. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 In Mariupol, where 600 people — military and civilians — were surrounded by Russians in a vast steel plant that is Ukraine’s last holdout in the once-thriving city, another attempt at an evacuation was announced Friday, authorities said. Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's office on Friday said an operation was planned to evacuate civilians sheltering in the Azovstal steel plant, besieged Mariupol’s last holdout, according to a report. Fox News, 29 Apr. 2022 Kyler Murray is disgruntled with the Cardinals and threatening a holdout. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Apr. 2022 Instead, the plant and its network of underground tunnels are serving as a shelter and final holdout for thousands of Ukrainian fighters, including many from the Azov Battalion, one of Ukraine’s most skilled — and controversial — military units. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 Similar conditions have led to a small number of eye-popping settlements for holdout tenants. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2022 If contract extension talks don't take off, Murray will likely stage a high-stakes holdout. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2022 That attack startled many holdout Odesa residents into leaving. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Unlike the case with nuclear arms, where atomic rivals hold out the possibility of responding in kind, the West has renounced use of the deadly poisons. New York Times, 4 May 2022 Thanks in part to government pandemic-response efforts, savings rates are way up over the past two years, giving some chunk of the potential workforce more time to hold out for the right offer. Rob Walker, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2021 The city is the largest in South Florida to hold out on getting the devices. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, 17 Nov. 2021 Shortly after the Kabul takeover, Baradar had been the first senior Taliban official to hold out the possibility of an inclusive government, but such hopes were disappointed with the formation of an all-male, all-Taliban lineup last week. Arkansas Online, 17 Sep. 2021 Apple’s decision to hold out, reportedly for commercial reasons, has been bad news for its users—it’s not in their interests. Zak Doffman, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 Anyone hoping for a new public riverwalk to Willamette Falls in Oregon City will need to hold out hope for a little – or maybe a lot – longer. oregonlive, 25 Mar. 2022 Many demonstrators have vowed to hold out for as long as necessary, and the federal government has moved to enact emergency powers to freeze financial support of the protests despite opposition in Parliament. Travis Caldwell And Paradise Afshar, CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 If the market was inclined to push yields higher than that level, which would signify a fall in bond prices, the BOJ was telling bond-holding investors to hold out for a better price on Monday. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of holdout


1908, in the meaning defined above


circa 1556, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of holdout was circa 1556

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8 May 2022

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“Holdout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holdout. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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