Definition of hold out in English:

hold out

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phrasal verb

  • 1Resist or survive in difficult circumstances.

    ‘the troops held out against constant attacks’
    • ‘The only place that held out against the revolution was the Winter Palace, the residence of the former Tsar.’
    • ‘He failed to capture Tobruk, and for over a year the isolated garrison held out against all attempts to take it.’
    • ‘What would be the value of a lone survivor, pointlessly holding out in a blighted, boarded-up street?’
    • ‘Perhaps he just hasn't the strength of will to hold out, as one might be unable to withstand torture.’
    • ‘Ravaged cities continue to hold out against the coalition.’
    • ‘I thought if we hold out for ten more minutes, I'll be happy.’
    • ‘Troops controlled by the Roman Catholic bishop set siege to the city but the Anabaptists were able to hold out for 16 months.’
    • ‘A Japanese invasion from occupied China was not unexpected; the colony had simply been told to hold out for as long as possible.’
    • ‘His improvisation and organization helped the British to hold out for 217 days against overwhelming forces.’
    • ‘From 4 August 1900, they defiantly held out for 13 days until finally relieved.’
    keep going, keep on, survive, last, continue, persevere, struggle on, carry on, go on, hang on, hold out, not give up, see it through, stay the course
    resist, withstand, hold off, fight off, fend off, keep off, keep at bay, stand up to, square up to, fight against, bear up against, stand fast against, stand firm against, hold the line against
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    1. 1.1Continue to be sufficient.
      ‘we can stay here for as long as our supplies hold out’
      • ‘We're going to stay here as long as possible, as long as our food supply holds out.’
      • ‘She knew her crew was getting tired and restless, and the supplies wouldn't hold out forever.’
      • ‘The only thing to hope for was our emergency oxygen supply would hold out long enough for us to get to a lower altitude.’
      • ‘The reconstruction will track the amount of money available from the proceeds of the oil wells, and will continue as long and as far as this money holds out.’
      • ‘I've bought at least one album every week so far this year, I plan to continue this provided my finances hold out.’
      • ‘We stayed as long as our air would hold out, headed back to the boat, filled the tanks and within an hour we were all back in the same spot doing it all again.’
      • ‘The bar's owner, to the delight of his patrons, promised to stay open as long as the power from his generator held out.’
      • ‘She is also expected to break the record for a woman circumnavigating the globe if her mast holds out.’
      last, remain, be extant, continue
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  • 2hold something out, hold out somethingHave a feeling of hope or optimism.

    ‘only time will tell if the plan is successful, but I'm not holding out much hope’
    • ‘families had been holding out hope that a remarkable survival story would yet emerge’
    • ‘And that at least holds out the possibility that he'll stay - that he could be a winner in the future.’
    • ‘This nineteenth century green man holds out the prophetic possibility of restoration with nature, and in doing so reinforces our own sense of exile from it.’
    • ‘There is at present no cure: but the announcement last week that scientists are developing a potential vaccine, which is undergoing early clinical trials, holds out a ray of hope.’
    • ‘It is a revealing and frightening book, which nevertheless holds out a few strands of hope, provided we can snap out of our trance and start preparing in earnest for the inevitable.’
    • ‘It also holds out the prospect of improved treatments and better techniques of preventing the distressing condition, which affects one in every 500 children.’
    • ‘This breakthrough holds out hope of one day developing a new generation of treatments for a disease that claims the lives of 10,000 men every year in the UK alone.’
    • ‘A British breakthrough in stem cell research holds out the prospect that ‘permanent’ brain and nerve damage may one day be reversed.’
    • ‘China holds out the promise of being the most important growth economy in the world outside the United States.’
    • ‘In such dark times, feminism holds out a beacon of hope.’
    • ‘But an operation that holds out the promise of a more normal life still seems as far away as ever - and in the meantime his condition continues to worsen.’
    1. 2.1Offer a chance or hope.
      ‘a new drug may hold out hope for patients with lung cancer’
      • ‘this study holds out the prospect of an earlier and more scientific monitoring system’