- (transitive, literally) To hold (something) out; to extend (something) forward.
- He held out his hand, and I grabbed it.
- 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
- I held out my hand, and the horrible, soft-spoken, eyeless creature gripped it in a moment like a vise. I was so much startled that I struggled to withdraw; but the blind man pulled me close up to him with a single action of his arm.
- (figuratively) To offer, present (a hope, possibility, opportunity etc.)
- The prospectus held out the promise of enormous profits to be made.
- (idiomatic, often, with for) To wait, or refuse in hopes of getting something better (from a negotiation, etc.)
- I am holding out for more money.
- How long has he been holding out?
- (idiomatic) To survive, endure.
- How long can they hold out without water?
- (idiomatic, usually, with on) To withhold something.
- You've got a key! Why have you been holding out on me?
- (transitive) To set something aside or save it for later.
- Pack the boxes, but hold out a few blue ones for later.
- French: tenir
- German: aushalten
- Italian: resistere, sopravvivere
- Portuguese: prevalecer
- Spanish: aguantar
hold out (plural hold outs)
- Alternative spelling of holdout.