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English definition of “hold out”

hold out

verb phrasal verb with hold  /hoʊld/ (past tense and past participle held  /held/) us  

(CONTINUE)

to continue in a situation that is dangerous or difficult: They won’t be able to hold out much longer against these attacks. If something holds out, it continues to be useful or enough: The sensors are designed to work as long as their batteries hold out.
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