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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