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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhold up
he/she/itholds up
present participleholding up
past tenseheld up
past participleheld up
  1. 1
    [transitive] to hold something in a high position, so that it can be seen

    She held up her hand for silence.

  2. 3
    [transitive] [often passive] to cause a delay for someone or something, or to make them late

    Sorry I’m late, but my flight was held up.

    She got held up at work.

  3. 5
    [intransitive] to remain strong or in a fairly good condition

    There were fears that her ankle might not hold up for the competition.

    Prices had held up well until late 1997.

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