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English verb: hold out

1. hold out (body) thrust or extend out

SamplesHe held out his hand.
Point a finger.
Extend a hand.
The bee exserted its sting.

Synonymsexsert, extend, put out, stretch forth, stretch out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)gesticulate, gesture, motion

Narrower (hyponym)hyperextend

2. hold out (competition) stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

Synonymsresist, stand firm, withstand

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)defend, fight, fight back, fight down, oppose

Narrower (hyponym)defy, hold, hold off, hold up, outbrave, remain firm, stand, stand out, stand up, withstand

Antonymssurrender, give up

3. hold out (stative) last and be usable

SamplesThis dress wore well for almost ten years.

ExamplesThe sheets didn't hold out

Synonymsendure, wear

Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)endure, last

4. hold out (stative) wait uncompromisingly for something desirable

SamplesHe held out for the dessert and did not touch the cheeses.

ExamplesThey hold out a long time

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)hold back, hold off, wait

5. hold out (stative) continue to live through hardship or adversity

SamplesWe 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?.

ExamplesThe business is going to hold out

Synonymsendure, go, hold up, last, live, live on, survive

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)hold up, hold water, live out, perennate, stand up

Entailbe, live

Verb groupbe, exist, live, live, subsist, survive

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