Hold Up

How to Conjugate Hold Up

  • Infinitive: Hold Up
  • Present Tense: Hold Up/ Holds Up
  • -ing Form: Holding Up
  • Past Tense: Held Up
  • Past Participle: Held Up
Hold Up is a separable phrasal verb and has 4 definitions.

Definitions of Hold Up:

1. To hold someone or something up in the air.

Examples: She held the 100 dollar bill up to the light to make sure it was real.
Hold your hands up high and jump to catch the ball.

2. When you stop/delay someone or something for a moment.

Examples: We’ve reached capacity, so we need to hold up the line until some people leave.
The rain held up long enough for us to get inside.

3. When you steal from a person or business by threat of violence.

Examples: The bank robbers held up three banks in one week.
An unidentified man held up the grocery store for cat food.

4. To remain in a physically/emotionally strong or stable condition.

Examples: Sheila is holding up pretty well despite her recent divorce.
I hope my car holds up until I can afford to get it fixed next week.

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