1. phrasal verb If you hold out your hand or something you have in your hand, you move your hand away from your body, for example to shake hands with someone. [V P n] ⇒ 'I'm Nancy Drew,' she said, holding out her hand. [Also V n P] [V P n (not pron)] ⇒ Max held out his cup for a refill. [Also V n P] 2. phrasal verb If you hold out for something, you refuse to accept something which you do not think is good enough or large enough, and you continue to demand more. [V P + for] ⇒ I should have held out for a better deal. [V P] ⇒ He can only hold out a few more weeks. 3. phrasal verb If you say that someone is holding out on you, you think that they are refusing to give you information that you want. [informal] [V P + on] ⇒ He had always believed that kids could sense it when you held out on them. [Also V P] 4. phrasal verb If you hold out, you manage to resist an enemy or opponent in difficult circumstances and refuse to give in. [V P] ⇒ The guerrillas were holding out in the Paghman valley. [V P] ⇒ One prisoner was still holding out on the roof of the jail. 5. phrasal verb → hold If you hold out hope of something happening, you hope that in the future something will happen as you want it to. [V P n] ⇒ He still holds out hope that they could be a family again.
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