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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhold out
he/she/itholds out
present participleholding out
past tenseheld out
past participleheld out
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to hold something where someone else can reach it
    Gail held out her glass to be refilled.
    hold out your hand: She held out her hand to him.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to continue to be enough or continue to exist
    How long will your money hold out?
    I wonder whether her stamina will hold out.
  3. 4
    hold out hope [often in negatives] to think that something is likely to happen or succeed
    I don’t hold out much hope that they’ll come.
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  4. 5
    hold out a possibility/prospect/promise etc to say or show that something may or will happen
    She held out the possibility of prisoners being released.
See also main entry: hold


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