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Dictionary Definition

hold

Noun

1 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" [syn: clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip]
2 understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices" [syn: appreciation, grasp]
3 power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; "he has a hold over them"
4 time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action" [syn: delay, time lag, postponement, wait]
5 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" [syn: detention, custody]
6 a stronghold
7 a cell in a jail or prison [syn: keep]
8 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" [syn: handle, grip, handgrip]
9 the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo [syn: cargo area, cargo deck, cargo hold, storage area]

Verb

1 organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course" [syn: throw, have, make, give]
2 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" [syn: keep, maintain]
3 have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him" [syn: take hold] [ant: let go of]
4 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" [syn: restrain, confine]
5 have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade" [syn: bear]
6 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" [syn: have, have got]
7 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" [syn: deem, view as, take for]
8 contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water" [syn: bear, carry, contain]
9 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" [syn: control, hold in, contain, check, curb, moderate]
10 remain in a certain state, position, or condition; "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching"
11 maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment" [syn: harbor, harbour, entertain, nurse]
12 assert or affirm; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
13 remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas"
14 secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree" [syn: retain, keep back, hold back]
15 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?" [syn: support, sustain, hold up]
16 hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound"
17 keep from exhaling or expelling; "hold your breath"
18 support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright" [syn: carry, bear]
19 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" [syn: accommodate, admit]
20 be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon" [syn: contain, take]
21 be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds" [syn: prevail, obtain]
22 take and maintain control over, often by violent means; "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"
23 protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks" [syn: defend, guard]
24 declare to be; "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent" [syn: declare, adjudge]
25 have as a major characteristic; "The novel holds many surprises"; "The book holds in store much valuable advise"
26 cause to stop; "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses" [syn: halt, arrest]
27 bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise" [syn: oblige, bind, obligate]
28 cover as for protection against noise or smell; "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one's nose"
29 drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry" [syn: carry]
30 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" [syn: apply, go for]
31 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" [syn: reserve, book]
32 resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held" [syn: defy, withstand, hold up]
33 keep from departing; "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse"
34 stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
35 aim, point, or direct; "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"
36 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" [syn: agree, concur, concord] [ant: disagree] [also: held]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Hold

English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) , /həʊld/, /h@Uld/
  • (US) , /hoʊld/, /hoUld/
  • Rhymes: -əʊld

Etymology

Verb: healdan.
Noun: From the verb, influenced by hald (hold, custody).

Verb

  1. To grasp or grip.
    Hold the pencil like this.
  2. To contain or store.
    This package holds six bottles.
  3. To have and keep possession of something.
    Hold my coat for me.
  4. To reserve.
    Hold a table for us at 7:00.
  5. To cause to wait or delay.
    Hold the elevator.
  6. To detain.
    Hold the suspect in this cell.

Derived terms

to grasp
to contain
to keep possession
to reserve
to cause to wait
to detain

Noun

  1. A grasp or grip.
    Keep a firm hold on the handlebars.
  2. Something reserved or kept.
    We have a hold here for you.
  3. A position or grip used to control the opponent.
    He got him in a tight hold and pinned him to the mat.
  4. The cargo area of a ship, (often cargo hold).
    Put that in the hold.
  5. The percentage the house wins on a gamble.

Derived terms

Translations

grasp
reserve
wrestling grip
cargo area
percentage that the house wins
  • Finnish: [[]]

See also

German

Etymology

Old High German hold

Adjective

hold ,

Hungarian

Etymology

Cognates include Finnish and Estonian kuu.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈhold/|lang=hu

Noun

hu-noun ak

Icelandic

Noun

hold

Old English

Pronunciation

  • /hold/

Etymology 1

From Germanic *xuldan, from Indo-European *kol-, kwol-. Cognates include Old Norse hold ‘flesh’ (Icelandic hold, Swedish hull), and (from Indo-European) Old Irish colainn, Welsh celain.

Noun

hold
  1. Dead body, carcase
    Swa swa grædige ræmmas ðar ðar hi hold geseoþ. Like greedy ravens when they see a corpse.

Etymology 2

From Germanic *xulþa-, a variant on a root meaning ‘lean, incline’ (compare Old English heald, hieldan). Cognates include Old Frisian hold, Old Saxon hold, Old High German hold (German hold), Old Norse hollr (Swedish huld), Gothic 𐌷𐌿𐌻𐌸𐍃.

Adjective

hold (+ dative)
  1. gracious, loyal, kind
    Swa hold is God mancynne ðæt he hæfþ geset his englas us to hyrdum. God is so gracious to mankind that he has appointed angels as our guardians.

Old High German

Adjective

hold

Extensive Definition

Hold may refer to:
hold in German: Hold

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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idea, having title to, heap up, helm, helve, hem in, hide, hinder, hoard, hoard up, hold, hold as, hold at bay, hold back, hold down, hold fast, hold forth, hold good, hold in, hold in check, hold in custody, hold in leash, hold in restraint, hold off, hold on, hold on to, hold out, hold over, hold spellbound, hold the interest, hold tight, hold together, hold true, hold up, hold water, hold with, holder, holding, hole, hollow, hug, hutch, hypnotize, imagine, immerse, immobilize, immure, impede, impel, importance, impound, imprison, incidental power, include, incorporate, infatuate, influence, influentiality, inhibit, insinuation, insist, involve, involve the interest, iron grip, iron hand, issue a manifesto, jail, judge, jurisdiction, just do, keep, keep afloat, keep alive, keep back, keep from, keep going, keep hold of, keep in, keep in check, keep in custody, keep in detention, keep off, keep on, keep out, keep under control, keep up, keeping, key signature, kidnapping, knight service, knock it off, last, last long, last out, lay down, lay fee, lay off, lay up, lead, leadership, lease, leasehold, leave off, legal claim, legal possession, lend support, lengthen, leverage, library, lie, ligature, live, live on, live through, locker, locus standi, look on, look upon, look upon as, lumber room, lumberyard, magasin, magazine, magnetism, mainstay, maintain, make the grade, manage, mandate, manger, manifesto, mark, martello, martello tower, mass, mastership, mastery, measure, meet, meet requirements, mesmerize, metronomic mark, mew, mew up, moment, monopolize, mote, motte, mug, nabbing, nail down, never let go, nip, not let go, notation, number among, nurse, nurture, obsess, obtain, occupancy, occupation, occupy, occupy the attention, occur, offer, operate, opine, orate, original title, own, owning, participate in, pass, pass muster, pause, peel, peel tower, pen, pen up, perch, perdure, perennate, perpetuate, persevere, persist, personality, persuasion, pew, picking up, pile up, pillbox, pillow, pin down, pine, possess, possessing, possession, possessor, post, postpone, potato cellar, potency, pound, power, power grab, predicate, predominance, prehension, preoccupancy, preoccupation, preoccupy, preponderance, prepossession, presa, prescription, present, preserve, preside over, pressure, prestige, presume, prevail, preventive custody, proclaim, profess, proffer, prohibit, prolong, prop, property, property rights, propose, propound, proprietary rights, proprietor, protection, protective custody, protest, protract, prove out, prove to be, prove true, pull, pull in, purchase, put, put it, put off, put up, qualify, quit, rack, rail in, range, rath, reach, reach out, rebuff, receive, reckon, reckon among, reckon in, reckon with, reduce, refrain, refrain from, refuse, regard, reign, rein, rein in, reinforce, reins of government, relinquish, remain, remain valid, renounce, repel, repertory, repository, repress, repulse, repute, reserve, reservoir, 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