hold out Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"hold out" in British English

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hold out

phrasal verb with hold uk   /həʊld/  us   /hoʊld/ verb (held, held)

hold out (DEFEND)

to ​continue to ​defend yourself against an ​enemy or ​attack without being ​defeated: They won't be ​able to ​hold out much ​longer under this ​sort of ​bombardment.

hold out (SUPPLY OF STH)

If a ​supply of something such as ​food or ​moneyholds out, there is enough of it to last for a ​particularperiod of ​time.
(Definition of hold out from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hold out

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

hold out (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 ​theirbatteries hold out.
(Definition of hold out from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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