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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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