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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
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to hold something in a high position, so that it can be seen
    She held up her hand for silence.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to support someone or something so that they do not fall down
    Her legs were almost too shaky to hold her up.
  3. 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.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to steal from a person, business, or vehicle by threatening them with a gun or other weapon
    An armed robber held up the bank last week.
  5. 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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