Hold definition

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A telephone service that allows one to temporarily interrupt a call without severing the connection.
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Something that may be grasped or gripped, as for support.
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A control or adjustor on a television that keeps the screen image in proper position.

Adjusted the horizontal hold.

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To keep from going away; not let escape; detain.

To hold the train, hold a prisoner.

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To keep in a certain place or position, or in a specified condition.

To hold one's head up.

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To restrain or control.
  • To keep from falling; bear the weight of; support.
    Pillars holding the roof.
  • To keep from acting; keep back.
    hold your tongue.
  • To keep from advancing or attacking.
  • To keep from getting an advantage.
  • To get and keep control of; keep from relaxing or lapsing.
    To hold someone's attention.
  • To continue; maintain.
    To hold a course.
  • (informal) To sustain or satisfy for the time being.
    A muffin should hold you until supper time.
  • To keep (a letter, etc.) for delivery later.
  • To keep (a room, etc.) for use later.
  • To keep under obligation; bind.
    hold him to his word.
  • To resist the effects of (alcoholic liquor)
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To have and keep as one's own; have the duties, privileges, etc. of; own; possess; occupy.

To hold shares of stock, to hold the office of mayor.

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To keep against an enemy; guard; defend.

Hold the fort.

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To have or conduct together.
  • To carry on (a meeting, conversation, etc.)
  • To perform (a function, service, etc.)
    To hold classes in the morning.
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To call together or preside over.

To hold court.

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(archaic) A fortified place; a stronghold.
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To have or keep within itself; have room or space for; contain.

A bottle that holds a quart.

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To have or keep in the mind.
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To have an opinion or belief about; believe, consider, etc.

We hold these truths to be self-evident.

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To retain a hold, a firm contact, etc.

Hold tight.

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To go on being firm, loyal, etc.

To hold to a resolution.

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To remain unbroken or unyielding; not give way.

The rope held.

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To have right or title.
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To be in effect or in force; be true or valid.

A rule that holds in any case.

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To keep up; continue [the wind held from the north]
  • To remain in the air, waiting to land.
    A plane holding over Boston.
  • To remain on a telephone line.
    That line is busy—will you hold?.
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(archaic) To go no further; stop oneself; halt.
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The act or manner of grasping or seizing; grip; specif., a way of gripping an opponent in wrestling.
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A thing to hold or hold on by.
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A thing for holding or containing something else.
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A means of confinement; prison.
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A temporary halt or delay, as to make repairs, or an order to make such a halt.
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An order reserving something.
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(obs.) A stronghold.
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(obs.) The act or fact of guarding, possessing, etc.
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An instance of holding.
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A controlling or dominating force; restraining authority.

To have a firm hold over someone.

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To take and keep with the hands or arms, or by other means; grasp; clutch; seize.
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A hold is defined as a method of grabbing on or staying in position, or is something that can be used to grab on, or a degree of power or influence.

When you grab a person's hand, this is an example of when you grab hold of his hand.

When a handle allows you to pick up a box, this is an example of a hold.

When you have the power to stop someone from acting, this is an example of when you have a hold on that person.

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The definition of hold is to carry, to keep in position, to hug someone, to stay in close contact, to bear someone's weight, or to keep in position.

When you have a coffee in your hand, this is an example of when you hold the coffee.

When you stay steady on course in your boat despite rough waters, this is an example of when you hold your position.

When you hug your child in your arms, this is an example of when you hold your child.

When your car stays close to the road, this is an example of when you hold the road.

When you sit on a chair and it does not break under your weight, this is an example of when the chair holds your weight.

When you keep a job, this is an example of when you hold down a job.

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To have and keep in one's grasp.

Held the reins tightly.

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To aim or direct; point.

Held a hose on the fire.

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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.

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To sustain the pressure of.

The old bridge can't hold much weight.

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To keep from departing or getting away.

Hold the bus! Hold the dog until I find the leash.

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To keep in custody.

Held the suspect for questioning.

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To retain (one's attention or interest).

Televised sports can't hold my interest.

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To avoid letting out or expelling.

The swimmer held her breath while underwater.

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To be filled by; contain.

This drawer holds socks.

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To be capable of holding.

A pitcher that holds a quart.

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To have as a chief characteristic or quality.

The film holds many surprises.

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To have in store.

Let's see what the future holds.

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To have and maintain in one's possession.

Holds a great deal of property.

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To have as a responsible position or a privilege.

Held the governorship for six years.

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To have in recognition of achievement or superiority.

Holds the record for the one-mile race; holds the respect of her peers.

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To maintain control over.

Thieves held the stolen painting for ransom.

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To maintain occupation of by force or coercion.

Protesters held the embassy for a week.

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To withstand the efforts or advance of (an opposing team, for example).
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To maintain in a given condition, situation, or action.

The storyteller held the crowd spellbound.

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To impose control or restraint on; curb.

She held her temper.

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To stop the movement or progress of.

Hold the presses!

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To reserve or keep back from use.

Please hold two tickets for us. Hold the relish on that hamburger.

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To defer the immediate handling of.

The receptionist held all calls during the meeting.

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To own or have title to.
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To be in possession of, whether legally entitled or not.

Holds an interest in the company.

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To bind by a contract.
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To adjudge or decree.

The court held that the defendant was at fault.

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To make accountable; obligate.

He held me to my promise.

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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.

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To assert or affirm, especially formally.

This doctrine holds that people are inherently good.

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To regard in a certain way.

I hold you in high esteem.

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To cause to take place; carry on.

Held the race in Texas; hold a yard sale.

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To assemble for and conduct the activity of; convene.

Held a meeting of the board.

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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.

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To cover (the ears or the nose, for example) especially for protection.

Held my nose against the stench.

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To continue in the same direction.

The ship held to an easterly course.

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To be valid, applicable, or true.

The observation still holds in cases like this.

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To halt an intended action. Often used in the imperative.
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To stop the countdown during a missile or spacecraft launch.
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(slang) To have in one's possession illicit or illegally obtained material or goods, especially narcotics.

The suspect was holding.

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To maintain a grasp or grip on something.
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To stay securely fastened.

The chain held.

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To maintain a desired or accustomed position or condition.

Hopes the weather will hold.

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To withstand stress, pressure, or opposition.

The defense held. We held firm on the negotiations.

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The act or a means of grasping.
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A manner of grasping an opponent, as in wrestling or aikido.

A neck hold; an arm hold.

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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.

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Complete control.

Has a firm hold on the complex issues.

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Full understanding.

Has a good hold on physics.

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The sustaining of a note longer than its indicated time value.
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The symbol designating this pause; a fermata.
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A direction or indication that something is to be reserved or deferred.
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A temporary halt, as in a countdown.
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A prison cell.
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The state of being in confinement; custody.
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The lower interior part of a ship or airplane where cargo is stored.
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(music) To prolong (a tone or rest)
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To decide; adjudge; decree.
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To bind by contract.
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To possess by legal title.

To hold a mortgage.

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A being aware or in control.

To lose one's hold on life.

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The interior of a ship below decks, esp. below the lower deck, in which the cargo is carried.
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The compartment for cargo in an aircraft.
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A voice telephone system (Centrex, KTS, or PBX) feature that enables a user to place an existing call in a suspended state simply by depressing the hold feature button, with a holding indication usually in the form of a blinking light next to the associated line. The user can reconnect the call at any time by depressing the button associated with the line on hold. In a KTS environment, any user can retrieve the held call from any telephone set where the line appears unless the primary user placed the call on exclusive hold, also known as I-hold, which often is initiated by depressing the hold button twice. See also Centrex, KTS, and PBX.
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To grasp or grip.

Hold the pencil like this.

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To contain or store.

This package holds six bottles.

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To maintain or keep to a position or state.
  • To have and keep possession of something.
    Hold my coat for me.
    The general ordered the colonel to hold his position at all costs.
  • Hold a table for us at 7:00.
  • To cause to wait or delay.
    Hold the elevator.
  • To detain.
    Hold the suspect in this cell.
  • (intransitive) To be or remain valid; to apply.
    To hold true; to hold good.
  • To keep oneself in a particular state.
    To hold firm; to hold opinions.
  • To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.
  • To bear, carry, or manage.
    He holds himself proudly erect.
    Hold your head high.
  • (intransitive, chiefly imperative) Not to move; to halt; to stop.
  • (intransitive) Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.
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To maintain or keep to particular opinions, promises, actions.
  • To maintain, to consider, to opine.
  • To bind (someone) to a consequence of his or her actions.
    I'll hold him to that promise.
    He was held responsible for the actions of those under his command.
  • To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.
  • To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.
  • (archaic) To restrain oneself; to refrain; to hold back.
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(tennis, intransitive) To win one's own service game.
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To organise an event or meeting.

Elections will be held on the first Sunday of next month.

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(archaic) To derive right or title.
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A grasp or grip.

Keep a firm hold on the handlebars.

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Something reserved or kept.

We have a hold here for you.

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(wrestling) A position or grip used to control the opponent.

He got him in a tight hold and pinned him to the mat.

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(gambling) The percentage the house wins on a gamble, the house or bookmaker's hold.

The House Hold on the game is 10,000, this is the amount of decision or risk the house wishes to assume.

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(gambling) The wager amount, the total hold.

As of Monday night the total Melbourne Cup hold was $848,015

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(tennis) An instance of holding one's service game, as opposed to being broken.
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A fruit machine feature allowing one or more of the reels to remain fixed while the others spin.
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(video games, dated) A pause facility.
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(nautical, aviation) The cargo area of a ship or aircraft, (often cargo hold).

Put that in the hold.

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get hold of
  • To come into possession of; find:
    Where can I get hold of a copy?.
  • To communicate with, as by telephone:
    Tried to get hold of you but the line was busy.
  • To gain control of. Often used reflexively:
    You must get hold of yourself!.
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hold a candle to
  • To compare favorably with:
    This film doesn't hold a candle to his previous ones.
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hold
  • To fulfill one's part of an agreement; do one's share.
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hold (one's) own
  • To do reasonably well despite difficulty or criticism.
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hold out on (someone)
  • To withhold something from:
    Don't hold out on me; start telling the truth.
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hold (someone's) feet to the fire
  • To pressure (someone) to consent to or undertake something.
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hold sway
  • To have a controlling influence; dominate.
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(informal) hold the bag
  • To be left with empty hands.
  • To be forced to assume total responsibility when it ought to have been shared.
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(informal) hold the fort
  • To assume responsibility, especially in another's absence.
  • To maintain a secure position.
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hold the line
  • To maintain the existing position or state of affairs:
    Had to hold the line on salary increases.
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(slang) hold the phone
  • To stop doing what one is engaged in doing. Often used in the imperative:
    Hold the phone! Let's end this argument.
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hold water
  • To stand up to critical examination:
    Your explanation doesn't hold water.
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no holds barred
  • Without limits, regulations, or restraints.
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on hold
  • Into a state of temporary interruption without severing a telephone connection:
    Put me on hold for 10 minutes.
  • Into a state of delay or indeterminate suspension:
    Had to put the romance on hold.
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catch hold of
  • to take; seize; grasp
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get (a) hold of
  • to take; seize; grasp
  • to acquire
  • to get in touch with; establish communication with
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hold back
  • to restrain
  • to refrain
  • to retain
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hold down
  • to keep down or under control; restrain
  • to have and keep (a job)
  • to limit; restrict
    The rain held down attendance at the game.
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hold forth
  • to speak at some length; preach; lecture
  • to offer; propose
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hold in
  • to keep in or back
  • to control oneself or one's impulses
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hold off
  • to keep away or at a distance
  • to delay action on a matter, as in awaiting additional information
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hold on
  • to retain one's hold
  • to continue; persist
  • stop! wait!
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hold one's own
  • to maintain one's place or condition in spite of obstacles or reverses
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hold out
  • to last; endure; continue
  • to continue resistance; stand firm; not yield
  • to offer
  • to fail or refuse to give (what is to be given)
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hold out for
  • to stand firm in demanding
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hold over
  • to postpone consideration of or action on
  • to keep or stay for an additional period or term
  • to keep as a threat or advantage over
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hold up
  • to keep from falling; prop up
  • to show; exhibit
  • to last; endure; continue
  • to stop; delay; impede
  • to stop forcibly and rob
  • to overcharge
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hold with
  • to agree or side with
  • to approve of
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lay hold of
  • to take; seize; grasp
  • to get control or possession of
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no holds barred
  • with no set rules or limits
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on hold
  • in a period or state of interruption or delay
    The countdown was on hold.
  • in a state of interruption in a telephone call, as during a transfer to another line
    I was on hold for five minutes.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

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Origin of hold

  • Alteration (influenced by hold) of Middle English hole husk, hull of a ship from Old English hulu kel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English holden from Old English healdan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English hold, holde, from Old English hold (“gracious, friendly, kind, favorable, true, faithful, loyal, devout, acceptable, pleasant”), from Proto-Germanic *hulþaz (“favourable, gracious, loyal”), from Proto-Indo-European *kel- (“to tend, incline, bend, tip”). Cognate with German hold (“gracious, friendly, sympathetic, grateful”), Danish and Swedish huld (“fair, kindly, gracious”), Icelandic hollur (“faithful, dedicated, loyal”), German Huld (“grace, favour”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English holden, from Old English healdan, from Proto-Germanic *haldaną ‘to tend, herd’, from Proto-Indo-European *kel- ‘to drive’ (compare Latin celer (“quick”), Tocharian B kälts (“to goad, drive”), Ancient Greek κέλλω (kellō, “to drive”), Sanskrit kaláyati (“he impels”)). Cognate to West Frisian hâlde, Low German holden, holen, Dutch houden, German halten, Danish holde.

    From Wiktionary

  • Alteration (due to hold) of hole. Cognate with Dutch hol (“hole, cave, den, cavity, cargo hold”).

    From Wiktionary