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Definition of 'hold out'


  1. thrust or extend out; "He held out his hand"; "point a finger"; "extend a hand"; "the bee exserted its sting"
       Synonyms: exsert stretch out put out extend stretch forth
  2. stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
       Synonyms: resist withstand stand firm
       Antonyms: surrender give up
  3. last and be usable; "This dress wore well for almost ten years"
       Synonyms: wear endure
  4. wait uncompromisingly for something desirable; "He held out for the dessert and did not touch the cheeses"
  5. continue to live; endure or last; "We 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?"
       Synonyms: survive last live live on go endure hold up

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