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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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