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Definitions of hold

  1. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To stick; adhere. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to hold office. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he holds his head high. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. To keep; sustain; restrain; grasp; celebrate; consider. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. To retain so as to prevent movement or escape; grasp; keep; restrict; restrain; withhold. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. To maintain; sustain; adhere to. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. To contain; have room for. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. To cling; adhere; stand good; as, this rule always holds good; continue; proceed; restrain oneself; refrain; maintain an opinion. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. To stop; forbear. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. To remain fixed; derive right. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. declare to be; "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  23. support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  28. resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  29. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  30. have as a major characteristic; "The novel holds many surprises"; "The book holds in store much valuable advise" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  31. remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  32. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  33. have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  34. To remain firm or unbroken. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. To continue; proceed. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. To have possession. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  38. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  39. Holding. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  40. the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  41. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  42. time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  43. (archaic) a stronghold Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  44. power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; "he has a hold over them" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  45. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  46. keep from exhaling or expelling; "hold your breath" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  47. assert or affirm; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  48. hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  49. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  50. aim, point, or direct; "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  51. drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  52. cover as for protection against noise or smell; "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one's nose" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  53. organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  54. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  55. have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  56. take and maintain control over, often by violent means; "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  57. keep from departing; "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  58. stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  59. remain in a certain state, position, or condition; "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  60. The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed. Webster Dictionary DB
  61. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  62. Binding power and influence. Webster Dictionary DB
  63. Something that may be grasped; means of support. Webster Dictionary DB
  64. A place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard. Webster Dictionary DB
  65. A stronghold. Newage Dictionary DB
  66. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  67. A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; - often called a stronghold. Webster Dictionary DB
  68. A character [thus ] placed over or under a note or rest, and indicating that it is to be prolonged; - called also pause, and corona. Webster Dictionary DB
  69. Holder. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  70. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  71. The interior cavity of a ship between the floor and the lower deck, used for the cargo. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  72. Seizure; grasp; support; prison; fortress; custody; interior of a ship. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  73. The act of holding; a seizure; restraint; a place to grasp; refuge. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  74. The storage part of a ship. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  75. A sign over a note in music indicating that it should be prolonged. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  76. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  77. A grasp, as with the hands; an embrace; power of keeping or seizing; influence; a fortified place; a prison. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  78. The whole interior cavity of a ship; the space where the cargo is stored. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  79. In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence: Webster Dictionary DB
  80. Not to more; to halt; to stop;-mostly in the imperative. Webster Dictionary DB
  81. Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued. Webster Dictionary DB
  82. Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist. Webster Dictionary DB
  83. Not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain attached; to cleave;-often with with, to, or for. Webster Dictionary DB
  84. To restrain one's self; to refrain. Webster Dictionary DB
  85. To derive right or title; - generally with of. Webster Dictionary DB
  86. Be still! forbear! stop. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  87. Held. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  88. Held, holden. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for hold

  1. I could tell you a way to hold it well enough." – Rollo's Experiments by Jacob Abbott
  2. " Better hold them there, for the time being. – Time Crime by H. Beam Piper
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