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Definition of "hold" []

  • To have and keep in one's grasp: held the reins tightly. (verb-transitive)
  • To aim or direct; point: held a hose on the fire. (verb-transitive)
  • To keep from falling or moving; support: a nail too small to hold the mirror; hold the horse steady; papers that were held together with staples. (verb-transitive)
  • To sustain the pressure of: The old bridge can't hold much weight. (verb-transitive)
  • To keep from departing or getting away: Hold the bus! Hold the dog until I find the leash. (verb-transitive)
  • To have or keep (an object) with or within the hands, arms, etc; clasp (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To support or bear (verb)
  • To maintain or be maintained in a specified state or condition (verb)
  • To set aside or reserve (verb)
  • To restrain or be restrained from motion, action, departure, etc (verb)
  • To remain fast or unbroken (verb)
  • (of the weather) to remain dry and bright (verb)
  • To keep the attention of (verb)
  • To engage in or carry on (verb)
  • To have the ownership, possession, etc, of (verb)
  • To have the use of or responsibility for (verb)
  • To have the space or capacity for (verb)
  • To be able to control the outward effects of drinking beer, spirits, etc (verb)
  • To remain or cause to remain committed to (verb)
  • To claim (verb)
  • To remain relevant, valid, or true (verb)
  • To keep in the mind (verb)
  • To regard or consider in a specified manner (verb)
  • To guard or defend successfully (verb)
  • To continue to go (verb)
  • To sustain the sound of (a note) throughout its specified duration (verb)
  • To retain (data) in a storage device after copying onto another storage device or onto another location in the same device (verb)
  • To be in possession of illegal drugs (verb)
  • The act or method of holding fast or grasping, as with the hands (noun)
  • Something to hold onto, as for support or control (noun)
  • An object or device that holds fast or grips something else so as to hold it fast (noun)
  • Controlling force or influence (noun)
  • A short delay or pause (noun)
  • A prison or a cell in a prison (noun)
  • A way of seizing one's opponent (noun)
  • A pause or fermata (noun)
  • A tenure or holding, esp of land (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun)
  • A container (noun)
  • A fortified place (noun)

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Use "hold" in a sentence
  • "I was not entirely sure that I should be able to hold my own with him, but I at least had the purpose made to do as well as I could upon him; and now I say that I will not be the first to cry “hold."
  • "Without saying anything of my intentions to any one, I mounted the railing, and taking hold of the centre rope, just below the upper block, I put one foot on the hook below the lower block, and stepped off just as I did so some one called out “hold on."
  • "* puts me on hold for 5 minutes -I still have the customer on hold*"