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English verb: hold off

1. hold off (competition) resist and fight to a standoff

SamplesDallas had enough of a lead to hold the Broncos off.

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

Broader (hypernym)hold out, resist, stand firm, withstand

2. hold off (stative) wait before acting

SamplesThe scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment.

ExamplesThey hold off a long time

Synonymshold back, wait

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)delay, hold out

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