Definition of hold out in English:

hold out

1Resist or survive in difficult circumstances: British troops held out against constant attacks
More example sentences
  • The only place that held out against the revolution was the Winter Palace, the residence of the former Tsar.
  • He failed to capture Tobruk, and for over a year the isolated garrison held out against all attempts to take it.
  • What would be the value of a lone survivor, pointlessly holding out in a blighted, boarded-up street?
Synonyms
resist, withstand, hold off, fight off, fend off, keep off, keep at bay, stand up to, square up to, fight against, bear up against, stand fast against, stand firm against, hold the line against
1.1Continue to be sufficient: we can stay here for as long as our supplies hold out
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  • We're going to stay here as long as possible, as long as our food supply holds out.
  • She knew her crew was getting tired and restless, and the supplies wouldn't hold out forever.
  • The only thing to hope for was our emergency oxygen supply would hold out long enough for us to get to a lower altitude.
Synonyms
last, remain, be extant, continue
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