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Definitions of hold

  1. have room for; hold without crowding; " This hotel can accommodate 250 guests"; " The theater admits 300 people"; " The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people"
  2. declare to be; " She was declared incompetent"; " judge held that the defendant was innocent"
  3. be pertinent or relevant or applicable; " The same laws apply to you!"; " This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; " The same rules go for everyone"
  4. understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; " he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
  5. cause to stop; " Halt the engines"; " Arrest the progress"; " halt the presses"
  6. contain or hold; have within; " The jar carries wine"; " The canteen holds fresh water"; " This can contains water"
  7. support or hold in a certain manner; " She holds her head high"; " He carried himself upright"
  8. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; " He's held by a contract"; " I'll hold you by your promise"
  9. arrange for and reserve ( something for someone else) in advance; " reserve me a seat on a flight"; " The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; " please hold a table at Maxim's"
  10. the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
  11. the act of grasping; " he released his clasp on my arm"; " he has a strong grip for an old man"; " she kept a firm hold on the railing"
  12. to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; " This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; " About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; " The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; " The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"
  13. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; " moderate your alcohol intake"; " hold your tongue"; " hold your temper"; " control your anger"
  14. be capable of holding or containing; " This box won't take all the items"; " The flask holds one gallon"
  15. a state of being confined ( usually for a short time); " his detention was politically motivated"; " the prisoner is on hold"; " he is in the custody of police"
  16. keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; " take for granted"; " view as important"; " hold these truths to be self- evident"; " I hold him personally responsible"
  17. protect against a challenge or attack; " Hold that position behind the trees!"; " Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
  18. resist or confront with resistance; " The politician defied public opinion"; " The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; " The bridge held"
  19. time during which some action is awaited; " instant replay caused too long a delay"; " he ordered a hold in the action"
  20. have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; " She has $ 1, 000 in the bank"; " He has got two beautiful daughters"; " She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"
  21. have as a major characteristic; " The novel holds many surprises"; " The book holds in store much valuable advise"
  22. a cell in a jail or prison
  23. ( archaic) a stronghold
  24. power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; " he has a hold over them"
  25. remain committed to; " I hold to these ideas"
  26. secure and keep for possible future use or application; " The landlord retained the security deposit"; " I reserve the right to disagree"
  27. 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?"
  28. keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e. g., " keep clean"; " hold in place"; " She always held herself as a lady"; " The students keep me on my toes"
  29. be valid, applicable, or true; " This theory still holds"
  30. have or hold in one's hands or grip; " Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; " A crazy idea took hold of him"
  31. the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; " he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; " it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
  32. keep from exhaling or expelling; " hold your breath"
  33. assert or affirm; " Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
  34. hold the attention of; " The soprano held the audience"; " This story held our interest"; " She can hold an audience spellbound"
  35. be in accord; be in agreement; " We agreed on the terms of the settlement"; " I can't agree with you!"; " I hold with those who say life is sacred"; " Both philosophers concord on this point"
  36. aim, point, or direct; " Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"
  37. drink alcohol without showing ill effects; " He can hold his liquor"; " he had drunk more than he could carry"
  38. cover as for protection against noise or smell; " She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; " hold one's nose"
  39. organize or be responsible for; " hold a reception"; " have, throw, or make a party"; " give a course"
  40. maintain ( a theory, thoughts, or feelings); " bear a grudge"; " entertain interesting notions"; " harbor a resentment"
  41. have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; " She bears the title of Duchess"; " He held the governorship for almost a decade"
  42. take and maintain control over, often by violent means; " The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"
  43. keep from departing; " Hold the taxi"; " Hold the horse"
  44. stop dealing with; " hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
  45. remain in a certain state, position, or condition; " The weather held"; " They held on the road and kept marching"
  46. The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed.
  47. To cause to remain in a given situation, position, or relation, within certain limits, or the like; to prevent from falling or escaping; to sustain; to restrain; to keep in the grasp; to retain.
  48. To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend.
  49. To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to hold office.
  50. To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.
  51. To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.
  52. To prosecute, have, take, or join in, as something which is the result of united action; as to, hold a meeting, a festival, a session, etc.; hence, to direct and bring about officially; to conduct or preside at; as, the general held a council of war; a judge holds a court; a clergyman holds a service.
  53. To receive and retain; to contain as a vessel; as, this pail holds milk; hence, to be able to receive and retain; to have capacity or containing power for.
  54. To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.
  55. To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge.
  56. To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he holds his head high.
  57. In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence:
  58. Not to more; to halt; to stop;- mostly in the imperative.
  59. Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.
  60. Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist.
  61. Not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain attached; to cleave;- often with with, to, or for.
  62. To restrain one's self; to refrain.
  63. The authority or ground to take or keep; claim.
  64. Binding power and influence.
  65. Something that may be grasped; means of support.
  66. A place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard.
  67. A stronghold.
  68. To derive right or title; - generally with of.
  69. The act of holding, as in or with the hands or arms; the manner of holding, whether firm or loose; seizure; grasp; clasp; gripe; possession; - often used with the verbs take and lay.
  70. A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; - often called a stronghold.
  71. A character [ thus ] placed over or under a note or rest, and indicating that it is to be prolonged; - called also pause, and corona.
  72. To grasp and keep in the hand; clutch; retain; keep; possess; as, he hold office; connect; judge or consider; as, I hold him a model of culture; entertain; contain; celebrate; use; maintain, as an opinion; as, I hold that he is correct; to call and conduct, as a meeting.
  73. To cling; adhere; stand good; as, this rule always holds good; continue; proceed; restrain oneself; refrain; maintain an opinion.
  74. The act of grasping or keeping; a grasp or clutch; an embrace; support; a fortified place; that part of a vessel where the cargo is stored.
  75. Holder.
  76. Held.
  77. Held, holden.
  78. Holding.
  79. To keep possession of or authority over: to sustain: to defend: to occupy: to derive title to: to bind: to confine: to restrain: to continue: to persist in: to contain: to celebrate: to esteem.
  80. To remain fixed: to be true or unfailing: to continue unbroken or unsubdued: to adhere: to derive right:- pr. p. holding; pa. t. held; pa. p. held.
  81. Act or manner of holding: seizure: power of seizing: something for support: a place of confinement: custody: a fortified place: ( mus.) a mark over a rest or note, indicating that it is to be prolonged.
  82. The interior cavity of a ship between the floor and the lower deck, used for the cargo.
  83. To stop; forbear.
  84. Seizure; grasp; support; prison; fortress; custody; interior of a ship.
  85. To keep; sustain; restrain; grasp; celebrate; consider.
  86. To remain fixed; derive right.
  87. To stick; adhere.
  88. To retain so as to prevent movement or escape; grasp; keep; restrict; restrain; withhold.
  89. To maintain; sustain; adhere to.
  90. To contain; have room for.
  91. To remain firm or unbroken.
  92. To continue; proceed.
  93. To have possession.
  94. The act of holding; a seizure; restraint; a place to grasp; refuge.
  95. The storage part of a ship.
  96. A sign over a note in music indicating that it should be prolonged.
  97. A grasp with the hand or arms; grasp or gripe; something for support; power of keeping; a place of confinement; custody; a fortified place; the whole interior cavity of a ship, between the floor and the lower deck; a mark directing the performer to rest on the note over which it is placed.
  98. To retain with a grasp; to keep in a certain way; to consider or judge; to contain; to retain; to keep from running or flowing out; to maintain; to possess; to keep; to entertain; to restrain; to keep fast; to continue; to celebrate. To hold forth, to offer; to exhibit. To hold in, to restrain. To hold off, to keep at a distance. To hold on, to continue in. To hold out, to stretch forth. To hold over, to remain in after one's term has expired. To hold up, to raise; to sustain. To hold one's own, to keep good one's present condition.
  99. To remain fixed; to be true or not fail; to stand; to continue unbroken or unsubdued; to last; to endure; to continue; to adhere. To hold forth, to speak in public; to harangue; to proclaim. To hold in, to restrain one's self. To hold off, to keep at a distance. To hold of, to derive title from. To hold on, to continue; to cling to. To hold out, to last; not to surrender. To hold to, to cling or cleave to. To hold under, or from, to have title from. To hold with, to adhere to; to side with. To hold together, to be joined. To hold up, to support one's self; to cease; to continue the same speed. To hold a wager, to stake a wager. Hold, used imperatively, signifies stop, forbear, be still.
  100. To stop; to detain; to have or grasp in the hand; to keep; to keep steady or fast; to contain; to possess; to be true; not to fail; to stick; to adhere; to maintain, as an opinion.
  101. A grasp, as with the hands; an embrace; power of keeping or seizing; influence; a fortified place; a prison.
  102. Be still! forbear! stop.
  103. The whole interior cavity of a ship; the space where the cargo is stored.
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Usage examples for hold

  1. He took right hold o' things. – The Turmoil A Novel by Booth Tarkington
  2. Hold still till I pull that chair over here. – Paradise Bend by William Patterson White
  3. Your hand, hold – Toward the Gulf by Edgar Lee Masters
  4. I could tell you a way to hold it well enough." – Rollo's Experiments by Jacob Abbott
  5. Why did he always get hold of me so? – The Harbor by Ernest Poole
  6. When I get hold of him again, I'll make up for lost time. – The Princess and Joe Potter by James Otis
  7. " Better hold them there, for the time being. – Time Crime by H. Beam Piper
  8. " Hold everything," continued Arcot. – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  9. But she had not told herself what she should do with a will of his if she could get hold of it. – Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley
  10. Can you hold out any longer? – The Head Girl at the Gables by Angela Brazil
  11. Hold they interest for you?" – The Maid of the Whispering Hills by Vingie E. Roe
  12. Your luck's surely bad, but get hold – Northwest! by Harold Bindloss
  13. She meant to hold to them and let the rest go! – The Place Beyond the Winds by Harriet T. Comstock
  14. I was afraid he would try to hold us up. – When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry by Charles Neville Buck
  15. I'll hold your hand. – The Galaxy Primes by Edward Elmer Smith
  16. Do you hold with them? – Judith of the Cumberlands by Alice MacGowan
  17. There were now two of us to hold – Among Malay Pirates And Other Tales Of Adventure And Peril by G. A. Henty
  18. You can get that and hold it. – Dave Darrin's Fourth Year at Annapolis by H. Irving Hancock
  19. Mr. Neefit had got such a hold upon him that he had no help for it. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
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