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Meaning of HOLD OUT

Pronunciation:  howld awt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  extend out and forward, as of a limb; "He held out his hand"; "point a finger"; "extend a hand"
  2. [v]  stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
  3. [v]  wait uncompromisingly for something desirable; "He held out for the dessert and did not touch the cheeses"
  4. [v]  continue to live; endure or last; "We went without water and food for 3 days"; "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The racecar driver lived through several very serious accidents"
  5. [v]  last and be usable; "This dress wore well for almost ten years"
 Synonyms: endure, extend, go, hold up, last, live, live on, put out, resist, stand firm, stretch forth, stretch out, survive, wear, withstand
 Antonyms: give up, surrender
 See Also: be, defend, defy, fight, fight back, fight down, gesticulate, gesture, hold, hold back, hold off, hold off, hold up, hold water, hyperextend, live out, motion, oppose, outbrave, perennate, remain firm, stand, stand out, stand up, stand up, wait



Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abide, balk, be proof against, be unflappable, be unmoved, be unwilling, bear up, bear up against, beg off, bide, boycott, carry on, come up fighting, continue, continue to be, decline, decline to accept, defeat time, defy, defy time, die hard, dig in, disagree, disallow, disclaim, dissent, dwell, endure, exist, extend, get home free, give, go on, go on strike, go out, hang in, hang in there, hang on, hang tough, hold, hold fast, hold forth, hold on, hold out against, hold up, keep, keep on, keep up, last, last long, last out, live, live on, live through, live through it, live with it, lock out, maintain, negate, negative, never say die, not back down, not budge, not buy, not consent, not flag, not give up, not hear of, not submit, not think of, not weaken, offer, perdure, perennate, persevere, persist, picket, pose, prefer, present, prevail, proffer, put up, rebuff, refuse, refuse consent, reject, remain, remain firm, repel, repudiate, repulse, resist, resist entreaty, resist persuasion, revolt, ride it out, run, run on, say nay, say no, see it out, shut it down, sit down, slow down, stand, stand aloof, stand fast, stand firm, stand no nonsense, stand out, stand pat, stand the gaff, stand up, stay, stay it out, stay on, stay put, stay the distance, stay with it, stick, stick fast, stick it, stick it out, stick out, stick to it, stick with it, stickle, strike, submit, subsist, survive, sustain, sweat it out, take it, take no denial, take what comes, tarry, tender, tide over, tough it out, turn down, vote nay, vote negatively, walk out, wear, wear well, weather, weather the storm, withstand