Meaning of “hold out” in the English Dictionary

(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/


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.

(Definition of “hold out” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)