The definition of held is the past tense of hold.
An example of held is a hand that was taken by another's hand, it was held.
- She held up the picture.
- He held the phone out to Lisa.
- She held a handkerchief to her eyes and her face was tearful.
- Maybe it was the soft accent that held her attention.
- Giddon held his hands out and the toddler hurled herself into his arms.