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hold - Dictionary definition and meaning for word hold

Definition
(noun) the act of grasping
Synonyms : clasp , clench , clutch , clutches , grasp , grip
Example Sentence
  • he released his clasp on my arm
  • he has a strong grip for an old man
  • she kept a firm hold on the railing

Definition
(noun) understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
Synonyms : appreciation , grasp
Example Sentence
  • he has a good grasp of accounting practices

Definition
(noun) power by which something or someone is affected or dominated
Example Sentence
  • he has a hold over them

Definition
(noun) time during which some action is awaited
Synonyms : delay , postponement , time lag , wait
Example Sentence
  • instant replay caused too long a delay
  • he ordered a hold in the action

Definition
(noun) a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
Synonyms : custody , detainment , detention
Example Sentence
  • his detention was politically motivated
  • the prisoner is on hold
  • he is in the custody of police

Definition
(noun) a stronghold
Definition
(noun) a cell in a jail or prison
Synonyms : keep

Definition
(noun) the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
Synonyms : grip , handgrip , handle
Example Sentence
  • he grabbed the hammer by the handle
  • it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip

Definition
(noun) the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
Definition
(verb) keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,
Synonyms : keep , maintain
Example Sentence
  • keep clean
  • hold in place
  • She always held herself as a lady
  • The students keep me on my toes

Definition
(verb) have or hold in one's hands or grip
Synonyms : take hold
Example Sentence
  • Hold this bowl for a moment, please
  • A crazy idea took hold of him

Definition
(verb) organize or be responsible for
Synonyms : give , have , make , throw
Example Sentence
  • hold a reception
  • have, throw, or make a party
  • give a course

Definition
(verb) have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
Synonyms : have , have got
Example Sentence
  • She has $1,000 in the bank
  • He has got two beautiful daughters
  • She holds a Master's degree from Harvard

Definition
(verb) keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
Synonyms : deem , take for , view as
Example Sentence
  • take for granted
  • view as important
  • hold these truths to be self-evident
  • I hold him personally responsible

Definition
(verb) maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
Synonyms : entertain , harbor , harbour , nurse
Example Sentence
  • bear a grudge
  • entertain interesting notions
  • harbor a resentment

Definition
(verb) to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
Synonyms : confine , restrain
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) secure and keep for possible future use or application
Synonyms : hold back , keep back , retain
Example Sentence
  • The landlord retained the security deposit
  • I reserve the right to disagree

Definition
(verb) have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
Synonyms : bear
Example Sentence
  • She bears the title of Duchess
  • He held the governorship for almost a decade

Definition
(verb) be the physical support of; carry the weight of
Synonyms : hold up , support , sustain
Example Sentence
  • The beam holds up the roof
  • He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam
  • What's holding that mirror?

Definition
(verb) contain or hold; have within
Synonyms : bear , carry , contain
Example Sentence
  • The jar carries wine
  • The canteen holds fresh water
  • This can contains water

Definition
(verb) have room for; hold without crowding
Synonyms : accommodate , admit
Example Sentence
  • This hotel can accommodate 250 guests
  • The theater admits 300 people
  • The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people

Definition
(verb) remain in a certain state, position, or condition
Example Sentence
  • The weather held
  • They held on the road and kept marching

Definition
(verb) support or hold in a certain manner
Synonyms : bear , carry
Example Sentence
  • She holds her head high
  • He carried himself upright

Definition
(verb) be valid, applicable, or true
Synonyms : obtain , prevail
Example Sentence
  • This theory still holds

Definition
(verb) assert or affirm
Example Sentence
  • Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good

Definition
(verb) have as a major characteristic
Example Sentence
  • The novel holds many surprises
  • The book holds in store much valuable advise

Definition
(verb) be capable of holding or containing
Synonyms : contain , take
Example Sentence
  • This box won't take all the items
  • The flask holds one gallon

Definition
(verb) arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
Synonyms : book , reserve
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) protect against a challenge or attack
Synonyms : defend , guard
Example Sentence
  • Hold that position behind the trees!
  • Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks

Definition
(verb) bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
Synonyms : bind , obligate , oblige
Example Sentence
  • He's held by a contract
  • I'll hold you by your promise

Definition
(verb) hold the attention of
Example Sentence
  • The soprano held the audience
  • This story held our interest
  • She can hold an audience spellbound

Definition
(verb) remain committed to
Example Sentence
  • I hold to these ideas

Definition
(verb) resist or confront with resistance
Synonyms : defy , hold up , withstand
Example Sentence
  • The politician defied public opinion
  • The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
  • The bridge held

Definition
(verb) be pertinent or relevant or applicable
Synonyms : apply , go for
Example Sentence
  • The same laws apply to you!
  • This theory holds for all irrational numbers
  • The same rules go for everyone

Definition
(verb) stop dealing with
Example Sentence
  • hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting

Definition
(verb) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
Synonyms : check , contain , control , curb , hold in , moderate
Example Sentence
  • moderate your alcohol intake
  • hold your tongue
  • hold your temper
  • control your anger

Definition
(verb) keep from departing
Example Sentence
  • Hold the taxi
  • Hold the horse

Definition
(verb) take and maintain control over, often by violent means
Example Sentence
  • The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week

Definition
(verb) cause to stop
Synonyms : arrest , halt
Example Sentence
  • Halt the engines
  • Arrest the progress
  • halt the presses

Definition
(verb) cover as for protection against noise or smell
Example Sentence
  • She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate
  • hold one's nose

Definition
(verb) drink alcohol without showing ill effects
Synonyms : carry
Example Sentence
  • He can hold his liquor
  • he had drunk more than he could carry

Definition
(verb) aim, point, or direct
Example Sentence
  • Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames

Definition
(verb) declare to be
Synonyms : adjudge , declare
Example Sentence
  • She was declared incompetent
  • judge held that the defendant was innocent

Definition
(verb) be in accord; be in agreement
Synonyms : agree , concord , concur
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) keep from exhaling or expelling
Example Sentence
  • hold your breath

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