Definitions of hold:
- noun: a cell in a jail or prison
- noun: a stronghold
- noun: power by which something or someone is affected or dominated
Example: "He has a hold over them"
- noun: a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
Example: "The prisoner is on hold"
- noun: time during which some action is awaited
Example: "He ordered a hold in the action"
- noun: understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
- noun: the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
- noun: the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
- noun: the act of grasping
Example: "She kept a firm hold on the railing"
- verb: take and maintain control over, often by violent means
- verb: keep from departing
Example: "Hold the taxi"
- verb: stop dealing with
Example: "Hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
- verb: remain in a certain state, position, or condition
- verb: contain or hold; have within
Example: "The canteen holds fresh water"
- verb: have as a major characteristic
Example: "The novel holds many surprises"
- verb: remain committed to
Example: "I hold to these ideas"
- verb: assert or affirm
Example: "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
- verb: hold the attention of
Example: "She can hold an audience spellbound"
- verb: keep from exhaling or expelling
Example: "Hold your breath"
- verb: aim, point, or direct
Example: "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"
- verb: have or hold in one's hands or grip
Example: "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"
- verb: be the physical support of; carry the weight of
Example: "The beam holds up the roof"
- verb: cover as for protection against noise or smell
Example: "Hold one's nose"
- verb: support or hold in a certain manner
Example: "She holds her head high"
- verb: organize or be responsible for
Example: "Hold a reception"
- verb: secure and keep for possible future use or application
- verb: have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
- verb: arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
Example: "Please hold a table at Maxim's"
- verb: be valid, applicable, or true
Example: "This theory still holds"
- verb: be pertinent or relevant or applicable
Example: "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"
- verb: have room for; hold without crowding
Example: "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people"
- verb: keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
Example: "Hold these truths to be self-evident"
- verb: be in accord; be in agreement
Example: "I hold with those who say life is sacred"
- verb: drink alcohol without showing ill effects
Example: "He can hold his liquor"
- verb: cause to stop
- verb: have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
Example: "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"
- verb: lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
Example: "Hold your tongue"
- verb: keep in a certain state, position, or activity
Example: "Hold in place"
- verb: be capable of holding or containing
Example: "The flask holds one gallon"
- verb: resist or confront with resistance
- verb: declare to be
- verb: bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
Example: "I'll hold you by your promise"
- verb: protect against a challenge or attack
Example: "Hold that position behind the trees!"
- verb: to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
Example: "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"
- verb: maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
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