hold up

hold up
verb
1. be the physical support of; carry the weight of (Freq. 4)
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The beam holds up the roof

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He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam

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What's holding that mirror?

Syn: ↑hold, ↑support, ↑sustain
Derivationally related forms: ↑support (for: ↑support), ↑supporter (for: ↑support), ↑supporting (for: ↑support), ↑holder (for: ↑hold)
Hyponyms:
scaffold, ↑block, ↑carry, ↑chock, ↑buoy, ↑buoy up, ↑pole, ↑bracket, ↑underpin, ↑prop up, ↑prop, ↑shore up, ↑shore, ↑truss, ↑brace
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

2. hold up something as an example; hold up one's achievements for admiration (Freq. 3)
Hypernyms: ↑expose, ↑exhibit, ↑display
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

3. cause to be slowed down or delayed (Freq. 3)
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Traffic was delayed by the bad weather

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she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform

Syn: ↑delay, ↑detain
Ant: ↑rush (for: ↑delay)
Derivationally related forms: ↑holdup, ↑delay (for: ↑delay)
Hypernyms: ↑decelerate, ↑slow, ↑slow down, ↑slow up, ↑retard
Hyponyms: ↑stonewall, ↑catch, ↑stall, ↑buy time
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

4. rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat (Freq. 2)
Syn: ↑stick up
Derivationally related forms: ↑stickup (for: ↑stick up), ↑holdup
Hypernyms: ↑rob
Hyponyms: ↑mug
Entailment: ↑assail, ↑assault, ↑set on, ↑attack
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

5. continue to live through hardship or adversity (Freq. 1)
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We went without water and food for 3 days

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These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America

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The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents

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how long can a person last without food and water?

Syn:
survive, ↑last, ↑live, ↑live on, ↑go, ↑endure, ↑hold out
Derivationally related forms: ↑endurance (for: ↑endure), ↑survival (for: ↑survive)
Hyponyms: ↑stand up, ↑hold water, ↑perennate, ↑live out
Verb Group: ↑be, ↑live, ↑exist, ↑survive, ↑subsist
Entailment: ↑be, ↑live
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s something

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The business is going to hold up

6. resist or confront with resistance
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The politician defied public opinion

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The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear

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The bridge held

Syn: ↑defy, ↑withstand, ↑hold
Derivationally related forms: ↑withstander (for: ↑withstand), ↑defiant (for: ↑defy)
Hypernyms: ↑resist, ↑hold out, ↑withstand, ↑stand firm
Hyponyms: ↑weather, ↑endure, ↑brave, ↑brave out
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

7. resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.
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Her shoes won't hold up

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This theory won't hold water

Syn: ↑stand up, ↑hold water
Hypernyms:
survive, ↑last, ↑live, ↑live on, ↑go, ↑endure, ↑hold out
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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remain strong or vigorous

the dollar held up well against the yen

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hold up [phrasal verb]
1 : to continue in the same condition without failing or losing effectiveness or force

The sales team was holding up well under the stress.

The nurse came in to see how I was holding up.

Their music still holds up 20 years later.

2 hold (something) up or hold up (something) : to raise (something)

He held up his hand.

3 hold up (something or someone) or hold (something or someone) up
3 a : to delay, stop, or slow the movement, progress, or action of (something or someone) :delay

Their decision was held up for months.

A major accident held traffic up for hours.

She was late for the meeting because she got held up in traffic.

— see also holdup
3 b : to use a gun to rob (a person, store, etc.)

Someone held up the gas station.

He was held up by a masked robber.

— see also holdup
3 c : to cause (someone or something) to be noticed for a particular reason

His work has been held up to ridicule. [=his work has been ridiculed]

Experts have been holding these programs up as examples of government waste.

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Main Entry:hold

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ˌhold ˈup derived
to remain strong and working effectively

She's holding up well under the pressure.

Main entry:holdderived

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