hold out

Definitions of hold out
  1. verb
    wait uncompromisingly for something desirable
    “He held out for the dessert and did not touch the cheeses”
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    type of:
    hold back, hold off, wait
    wait before acting
  2. verb
    continue to live through hardship or adversity
    synonyms: endure, go, hold up, last, live, live on, survive
    be, live
    have life, be alive
    exist, live, subsist, survive
    support oneself
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    hold up, hold water, stand up
    resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.
    survive from season to season, of plants
    live out
    live out one's life; live to the end
  3. verb
    stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
    synonyms: resist, stand firm, withstand
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    give up, surrender
    give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another
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    stand out
    be stubborn in resolution or resistance
    stand up
    refuse to back down; remain solid under criticism or attack
    resist bravely
    hold off
    resist and fight to a standoff
    remain firm, stand
    hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright
    defy, hold, hold up, withstand
    resist or confront with resistance
    brave, brave out, endure, weather
    face and withstand with courage
    type of:
    defend, fight, fight back, fight down, oppose
    fight against or resist strongly
  4. verb
    thrust or extend out
    “He held out his hand”
    synonyms: exsert, extend, put out, stretch forth, stretch out
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    extend a joint beyond its normal range
    type of:
    gesticulate, gesture, motion
    show, express, or direct through movement
  5. verb
    last and be usable
    synonyms: endure, wear
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    type of:
    endure, last
    persist for a specified period of time
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