verb held held (hĕld)
, holds verb, transitive
a. To have and keep in one's grasp: held the reins tightly.
b. To aim or direct; point: held a hose on the fire.
c. 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.
d. To sustain the pressure of: The old bridge can't hold much weight.
a. To keep from departing or getting away: Hold the bus! Hold the dog until I find the leash.
b. To keep in custody: held the suspect for questioning.
c. To retain (one's attention or interest): Televised sports can't hold my interest.
d. To avoid letting out or expelling: The swimmer held her breath while underwater.
a. To be filled by; contain.
To be capable of holding. See Synonyms at contain
c. To have as a chief characteristic or quality: The film holds many surprises.
d. To have in store: Let's see what the future holds.
a. To have and maintain in one's possession: holds a great deal of property.
b. To have as a responsible position or a privilege: held the governorship for six years.
c. To have in recognition of achievement or superiority: holds the record for the one-mile race; holds the respect of her peers.
a. To maintain control over: Thieves held the stolen painting for ransom.
b. To maintain occupation of by force or coercion: Protesters held the embassy for a week.
c. To withstand the efforts or advance of (an opposing team, for example).
d. To maintain in a given condition, situation, or action: The storyteller held the crowd spellbound.
a. To impose control or restraint on; curb: She held her temper.
b. To stop the movement or progress of: Hold the presses!
c. To reserve or keep back from use: Please hold two tickets for us. Hold the relish on that hamburger.
d. To defer the immediate handling of: The receptionist held all calls during the meeting.
a. To be the legal possessor of.
b. To bind by a contract.
c. To adjudge or decree: The court held that the defendant was at fault.
d. To make accountable; obligate: He held me to my promise.
a. To keep in the mind or convey as a judgment, conviction, or point of view: holds that this economic program is the only answer to high prices.
b. To assert or affirm, especially formally: This doctrine holds that people are inherently good.
c. To regard in a certain way: I hold you in high esteem.
a. To cause to take place; carry on: held the race in Texas; hold a yard sale.
b. To assemble for and conduct the activity of; convene: held a meeting of the board.
a. To carry or support (the body or a bodily part) in a certain position: Can the baby hold herself up yet? Hold up your leg.
b. To cover (the ears or the nose, for example) especially for protection: held my nose against the stench.
a. To maintain a grasp or grip on something.
b. To stay securely fastened: The chain held.
a. To maintain a desired or accustomed position or condition: hopes the weather will hold.
b. To withstand stress, pressure, or opposition: The defense held. We held firm on the negotiations.
- To continue in the same direction: The ship held to an easterly course.
- To be valid, applicable, or true: The observation still holds in cases like this.
- To have legal right or title. Often used with of or from.
- To halt an intended action. Often used in the imperative.
- To stop the countdown during a missile or spacecraft launch.
- Slang To have in one's possession illicit or illegally obtained material or goods, especially narcotics: The suspect was holding.
Phrasal Verbs: hold back
a. The act or a means of grasping.
b. A manner of grasping an opponent, as in wrestling or aikido: a neck hold; an arm hold.
- Something that may be grasped or gripped, as for support.
- A control or adjustor on a television that keeps the screen image in proper position: adjusted the horizontal hold.
- A telephone service that allows one to temporarily interrupt a call without severing the connection.
a. A bond or force that attaches or restrains, or by which something is affected or dominated: a writer with a strong hold on her readership.
b. Complete control: has a firm hold on the complex issues.
c. Full understanding: has a good hold on physics.
a. The sustaining of a note longer than its indicated time value.
b. The symbol designating this pause; a fermata.
a. A direction or indication that something is to be reserved or deferred.
b. A temporary halt, as in a countdown.
a. A prison cell.
b. The state of being in confinement; custody.
- Archaic A fortified place; a stronghold.
To retain in one's possession or control: held back valuable information; held back my tears.
To impede the progress of. To restrain oneself. hold down
To limit: Please hold the noise down.
To fulfill the duties of (a job): holds down two jobs. hold forth
To talk at great length. hold off
To keep at a distance; resist: held the creditors off.
To stop or delay doing something: Let's hold off until we have more data. hold on
To maintain one's grip; cling. To continue to do something; persist. To wait for something wanted or requested, especially to keep a telephone connection open. hold out
To present or proffer as something attainable. To continue to be in supply or service; last: Our food is holding out nicely.
To continue to resist: The defending garrison held out for a month.
To refuse to reach or satisfy an agreement. hold over
a. To postpone or delay.
b. To keep in a position or state from an earlier period of time.
To continue a term of office past the usual length of time. To prolong the engagement of: The film was held over for weeks. hold to
To remain loyal or faithful to: She held to her resolutions. hold up
To obstruct or delay. To rob while armed, often at gunpoint. To offer or present as an example: held the essay up as a model for the students.
To continue to function without losing force or effectiveness; cope: managed to hold up under the stress. hold with
To agree with; support: I don't hold with your theories.
Origin: Middle English holden
Origin: , from Old English healdan