English Synonyms and Antonyms
Support and sustain alike signify to hold up or keep up, to prevent from falling or sinking; but sustain has a special sense of continuous exertion or of great strength continuously exerted, as when we speak of sustained endeavor or a sustained note; a flower is supported by the stem or a temple-roof by arches; the foundations of a great building sustain an enormous pressure; to sustain life implies a greater exigency and need than to support life; to say one is sustained under affliction is to say more both of the severity of the trial and the completeness of the upholding than if we say he is supported. To bear is the most general word, denoting all holding up or keeping up of any object, whether in rest or motion; in the derived senses it refers to something that is a tax upon strength or endurance; as, to bear a strain; to bear pain or grief. To maintain is to keep in a state or condition, especially in an excellent and desirable condition; as, to maintain health or reputation; to maintain one's position; to maintain a cause or proposition is to hold it against opposition or difficulty. To support may be partial, to maintain is complete; maintain is a word of more dignity than support; a man supports his family; a state maintains an army or navy. To prop is always partial, signifying to add support to something that is insecure. Compare ABET; ENDURE; KEEP.
The roof is supported by, on, or upon pillars; the family was supported on or upon a pittance, or by charity.
hold, support, sustain, hold upverb
be the physical support of; carry the weight of
"The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?"
take, hold in, hold out, make, endure, fend for, affirm, view as, underpin, carry, book, concur, have, maintain, hold, last, moderate, sustain, corroborate, confirm, retain, nourish, nurse, defy, support, go, stick up, keep up, patronise, guard, prevail, declare, withstand, adjudge, tolerate, indorse, accommodate, abide, control, prolong, stomach, harbour, patronage, live, reserve, check, hold back, stick out, brook, give, take hold, go for, patronize, deem, apply, stand up, obtain, substantiate, survive, get, bind, stand, have got, entertain, plunk for, live on, curb, back, restrain, keep, concord, keep back, oblige, throw, arrest, hold water, contain, back up, suffer, bear, nurture, subscribe, take for, harbor, detain, defend, put up, confine, keep going, bear out, admit, digest, plump for, endorse, halt, obligate, agree, delay
hold up something as an example; hold up one's achievements for admiration
delay, detain, hold upverb
cause to be slowed down or delayed
"Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"; "she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"
hold up, stick upverb
rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat
survive, last, live, live on, go, endure, hold up, hold outverb
continue to live through hardship or adversity
"We went without water and food for 3 days"; "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents"; "how long can a person last without food and water?"
subsist, perish, give way, hold out, run, endure, lead, experience, give out, conk out, operate, travel, hold, function, die, sustain, stretch forth, last, go away, weather, prevail, go, brave out, rifle, defy, persist, run low, stick up, plump, digest, stomach, hold water, break, pass away, drop dead, withstand, stretch out, tolerate, abide, blend in, run short, get going, locomote, pull through, be, come through, live, cash in one's chips, kick the bucket, blend, stick out, brook, stand up, bear, fit, suffer, pull round, outlast, populate, inhabit, belong, dwell, give-up the ghost, go bad, survive, get, stand, expire, become, exist, live on, croak, move, choke, pop off, sound, make it, wear, extend, start, depart, decease, outlive, pass, proceed, break down, exit, conk, fail, buy the farm, detain, put out, know, brave, put up, exsert, snuff it, resist, support, die hard, stand firm, work, delay
defy, withstand, hold, hold upverb
resist or confront with resistance
"The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"
accommodate, book, stand up, retain, moderate, view as, support, apply, hold back, harbour, hold out, take hold, bind, defy, arrest, dare, live, take, have, concord, survive, live on, check, make, take for, go for, stand firm, keep, defend, control, harbor, deem, throw, obligate, carry, give, adjudge, entertain, nurse, oblige, curb, hold, stick up, last, confine, hold water, have got, go, endure, restrain, declare, withstand, agree, hold in, delay, halt, contain, concur, maintain, guard, keep back, sustain, prevail, reserve, admit, obtain, refuse, resist, detain, bear
stand up, hold up, hold waterverb
resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.
"Her shoes won't hold up"; "This theory won't hold water"
rise, bristle, delay, detain, stick up, stand, last, withstand, support, hold out, get up, arise, sustain, hold, live on, hold water, place upright, live, stand up, defy, uprise, survive, go, endure
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How to use hold up in a sentence?
These cars are the last ones to hold up the flag of power, the maximum you can imagine from an internal combustion engine, therefore these cars will rise in price, big time.
If we continue to see steady buying in financials and the materials and energy sectors hold up, the ASX could finish the final session for the week in positive territory.
What I've done is pushed as hard as I can to have the 5G folks( mobile phone companies) hold up and abide by what was being requested by the airlines until they could more modernize over the year, so 5G would not interfere with the potential of a landing.
With the intervention of the decades, I was seeing the pictures again with different eyes, and they were actually better than I remembered, i think they look incredible. Having let them sit there for 35 years, I've earned the right to be enthusiastic about them again. To me, they hold up very well.
We learnt a lot from what happened the last time around, and took the time through the research to get this right, if we are sued after we issue a final rule, we strongly believe this will hold up under any legal challenges.
Translations for hold up
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- aguaitar, esperar, mantener, sostener, cumplirSpanish
- ryöstää, kohottaa, viivästyttää, kestää, viivästyä, täyttää, nostaaFinnish
- rallentare, sostenere, frenare, sollevare, mantenere, alzare, ritardare, attenersi, aspettare, rapinare, fronteggiareItalian
- wstrzymać, opóźnićPolish
- jefui, prăda, înfrunta, stăvili, întârziaRomanian
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