Definition of "hold" [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)

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.

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*"