to remain strong and working effectively She's holding up well under the pressure.
- 1 to support somebody/something and stop them from falling
- 2 to delay or block the movement or progress of somebody/something An accident is holding up traffic. My application was held up by the postal strike. related noun hold-up
- 3to use or present somebody/something as an example She's always holding up her children as models of good behaviour. His ideas were held up to ridicule.