English version

hold out

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhold out phrasal verb1 HOPE hold out something to think or say that something is possible or likely to happen, especially something goodnot hold out much hope/hold out little hope Negotiators aren’t holding out much hope of a peaceful settlement.hold out the prospect/promise of something alternative methods which hold out the promise of improved health2 FINISH/USE ALL OF somethingif a supply of something holds out, there is still some left Water supplies won’t hold out much longer.3 DEFENDto continue to successfully defend a place that is being attacked The rebels held out for another night but then fresh forces arrived.4 to try to prevent yourself from doing something that someone is trying to force you to do against I didn’t know how much longer I could hold out against their relentless questioning. hold→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
hold out the prospect/promise of somethingSo too the yawning depths of the wave, even while threatening annihilation, hold out the promise of rebirth.It holds out the promise of swifter verdicts.Although Leapor accepts that many women are guilty of inconstancy and immoderate behaviour, she none the less holds out the prospect of transformation.hold againstBut still she doubted her ability to hold out against him.You can not will yourself to hold out against reality.All they have to do is to hold out against substandard systems and apply pragmatic criteria in the face of technical jargon.The workers held out for several months against the closure of the mine, but they were eventually defeated.Only Rugby Union holds out against the commercial tide despite widespread speculation about covert payments to players.If you just try to defend and hold out against them, it wears you down.
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Verb table
hold
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyhold
he, she, itholds
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyheld
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave held
he, she, ithas held
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad held
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill hold
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have held
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam holding
he, she, itis holding
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you, we, theyare holding
Past
I, he, she, itwas holding
you, we, theywere holding
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been holding
he, she, ithas been holding
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been holding
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be holding
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been holding
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