Definition: cause to be slowed down or delayed
Usage: Traffic was delayed by the bad weather; she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform
Definition: be the physical support of; carry the weight of
Usage: The beam holds up the roof; He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam; What's holding that mirror?
Main entry: hold up
Definition: hold up something as an example; hold up one's achievements for admiration
Definition: rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat
Definition: continue to live through hardship or adversity
Usage: 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?
Definition: resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.
Usage: Her shoes won't hold up; This theory won't hold water
Definition: resist or confront with resistance
Usage: The politician defied public opinion; The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear; The bridge held