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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  • v. To have and keep in one's grasp: held the reins tightly.
  • v. To aim or direct; point: held a hose on the fire.
  • v. 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.
  • v. To sustain the pressure of: The old bridge can't hold much weight.
  • v. To keep from departing or getting away: Hold the bus! Hold the dog until I find the leash.
  • v. To keep in custody: held the suspect for questioning.
  • v. To retain (one's attention or interest): Televised sports can't hold my interest.
  • v. To avoid letting out or expelling: The swimmer held her breath while underwater.
  • v. To be filled by; contain.
  • v. To be capable of holding. See Synonyms at contain.
  • v. To have as a chief characteristic or quality: The film holds many surprises.
  • v. To have in store: Let's see what the future holds.
  • v. To have and maintain in one's possession: holds a great deal of property.
  • v. To have as a responsible position or a privilege: held the governorship for six years.
  • v. To have in recognition of achievement or superiority: holds the record for the one-mile race; holds the respect of her peers.
  • v. To maintain control over: Thieves held the stolen painting for ransom.
  • v. To maintain occupation of by force or coercion: Protesters held the embassy for a week.
  • v. To withstand the efforts or advance of (an opposing team, for example).
  • v. To maintain in a given condition, situation, or action: The storyteller held the crowd spellbound.
  • v. To impose control or restraint on; curb: She held her temper.
  • v. To stop the movement or progress of: Hold the presses!
  • v. To reserve or keep back from use: Please hold two tickets for us. Hold the relish on that hamburger.
  • v. To defer the immediate handling of: The receptionist held all calls during the meeting.
  • v. To be the legal possessor of.
  • v. To bind by a contract.
  • v. To adjudge or decree: The court held that the defendant was at fault.
  • v. To make accountable; obligate: He held me to my promise.
  • v. 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.
  • v. To assert or affirm, especially formally: This doctrine holds that people are inherently good.
  • v. To regard in a certain way: I hold you in high esteem.
  • v. To cause to take place; carry on: held the race in Texas; hold a yard sale.
  • v. To assemble for and conduct the activity of; convene: held a meeting of the board.
  • v. 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.
  • v. To cover (the ears or the nose, for example) especially for protection: held my nose against the stench.
  • verb-intransitive. To maintain a grasp or grip on something.
  • verb-intransitive. To stay securely fastened: The chain held.
  • verb-intransitive. To maintain a desired or accustomed position or condition: hopes the weather will hold.
  • verb-intransitive. To withstand stress, pressure, or opposition: The defense held. We held firm on the negotiations.
  • verb-intransitive. To continue in the same direction: The ship held to an easterly course.
  • verb-intransitive. To be valid, applicable, or true: The observation still holds in cases like this.
  • verb-intransitive. To have legal right or title. Often used with of or from.
  • verb-intransitive. To halt an intended action. Often used in the imperative.
  • verb-intransitive. To stop the countdown during a missile or spacecraft launch.
  • verb-intransitive. Slang To have in one's possession illicit or illegally obtained material or goods, especially narcotics: The suspect was holding.
  • n. The act or a means of grasping.
  • n. A manner of grasping an opponent, as in wrestling or aikido: a neck hold; an arm hold.
  • n. Something that may be grasped or gripped, as for support.
  • n. A control or adjustor on a television that keeps the screen image in proper position: adjusted the horizontal hold.
  • n. A telephone service that allows one to temporarily interrupt a call without severing the connection.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Complete control: has a firm hold on the complex issues.
  • n. Full understanding: has a good hold on physics.
  • n. Music The sustaining of a note longer than its indicated time value.
  • n. Music The symbol designating this pause; a fermata.
  • n. A direction or indication that something is to be reserved or deferred.
  • n. A temporary halt, as in a countdown.
  • n. A prison cell.
  • n. The state of being in confinement; custody.
  • n. Archaic A fortified place; a stronghold.
  • phrasal-verb. hold back To retain in one's possession or control: held back valuable information; held back my tears.
  • phrasal-verb. hold back To impede the progress of.
  • phrasal-verb. hold back To restrain oneself.
  • phrasal-verb. hold down To limit: Please hold the noise down.
  • phrasal-verb. hold down To fulfill the duties of (a job): holds down two jobs.
  • phrasal-verb. hold forth To talk at great length.
  • phrasal-verb. hold off To keep at a distance; resist: held the creditors off.
  • phrasal-verb. hold off To stop or delay doing something: Let's hold off until we have more data.
  • phrasal-verb. hold on To maintain one's grip; cling.
  • phrasal-verb. hold on To continue to do something; persist.
  • phrasal-verb. hold on To wait for something wanted or requested, especially to keep a telephone connection open.
  • phrasal-verb. hold out To present or proffer as something attainable.
  • phrasal-verb. hold out To continue to be in supply or service; last: Our food is holding out nicely.
  • phrasal-verb. hold out To continue to resist: The defending garrison held out for a month.
  • phrasal-verb. hold out To refuse to reach or satisfy an agreement.
  • phrasal-verb. hold over To postpone or delay.
  • phrasal-verb. hold over To keep in a position or state from an earlier period of time.
  • phrasal-verb. hold over To continue a term of office past the usual length of time.
  • phrasal-verb. hold over To prolong the engagement of: The film was held over for weeks.
  • phrasal-verb. hold to To remain loyal or faithful to: She held to her resolutions.
  • phrasal-verb. hold up To obstruct or delay.
  • phrasal-verb. hold up To rob while armed, often at gunpoint.
  • phrasal-verb. hold up To offer or present as an example: held the essay up as a model for the students.
  • phrasal-verb. hold up To continue to function without losing force or effectiveness; cope: managed to hold up under the stress.
  • phrasal-verb. hold with To agree with; support: I don't hold with your theories.
  • idiom. get hold of To come into possession of; find: Where can I get hold of a copy?
  • idiom. get hold of To communicate with, as by telephone: tried to get hold of you but the line was busy.
  • idiom. get hold of To gain control of. Often used reflexively: You must get hold of yourself!
  • idiom. hold a candle to To compare favorably with: This film doesn't hold a candle to his previous ones.
  • idiom. hold (one's) end up To fulfill one's part of an agreement; do one's share.
  • idiom. hold (one's) own To do reasonably well despite difficulty or criticism.
  • idiom. hold out on (someone) To withhold something from: Don't hold out on me; start telling the truth.
  • idiom. hold (someone's) feet to the fire To pressure (someone) to consent to or undertake something.
  • idiom. hold sway To have a controlling influence; dominate.
  • idiom. hold the bag Informal To be left with empty hands.
  • idiom. hold the bag Informal To be forced to assume total responsibility when it ought to have been shared.
  • idiom. hold the fort Informal To assume responsibility, especially in another's absence.
  • idiom. hold the fort Informal To maintain a secure position.
  • idiom. hold the line To maintain the existing position or state of affairs: had to hold the line on salary increases.
  • idiom. hold the phone Slang To stop doing what one is engaged in doing. Often used in the imperative: Hold the phone! Let's end this argument.
  • idiom. hold water To stand up to critical examination: Your explanation doesn't hold water.
  • idiom. no holds barred Without limits or restraints.
  • idiom. on hold Into a state of temporary interruption without severing a telephone connection: put me on hold for 10 minutes.
  • idiom. on hold Informal Into a state of delay or indeterminate suspension: had to put the romance on hold.
  • n. The lower interior part of a ship or airplane where cargo is stored.
  • Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  • n. The cargo area of a ship or aircraft, (often cargo hold).
  • adj. Gracious; friendly; faithful; true.
  • v. To grasp or grip.
  • v. To contain or store.
  • v. To have and keep possession of something.
  • v. To reserve.
  • v. To cause to wait or delay.
  • v. To detain.
  • v. To maintain, to consider, to opine.
  • v. To bind (someone) to a consequence of that person's actions.
  • v. To be or remain valid; to apply; to hold true; to hold good.
  • v. To win one's own service game.
  • v. To organise an event or meeting.
  • n. A grasp or grip.
  • n. Something reserved or kept.
  • n. A position or grip used to control the opponent.
  • n. The percentage the house wins on a gamble.
  • n. An instance of holding one's service game, as opposed to being broken.
  • the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  • n. The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed.
  • v. To cause to remain in a given situation, position, or relation, within certain limits, or the like; to prevent from falling or escaping; to sustain; to restrain; to keep in the grasp; to retain.
  • v. To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend.
  • v. To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to.
  • v. To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.
  • v. To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.
  • v. To prosecute, have, take, or join in, as something which is the result of united action; as to, hold a meeting, a festival, a session, etc.; hence, to direct and bring about officially; to conduct or preside at
  • v. To receive and retain; to contain as a vessel; ; hence, to be able to receive and retain; to have capacity or containing power for.
  • v. To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.
  • v. To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge.
  • v. To bear, carry, or manage
  • verb-intransitive. In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence
  • verb-intransitive. Not to move; to halt; to stop; -- mostly in the imperative.
  • verb-intransitive. Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.
  • verb-intransitive. Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist.
  • verb-intransitive. Not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain attached; to cleave; -- often with with, to, or for.
  • verb-intransitive. To restrain one's self; to refrain.
  • verb-intransitive. To derive right or title; -- generally with of.
  • n. The act of holding, as in or with the hands or arms; the manner of holding, whether firm or loose; seizure; grasp; clasp; grip; possession; -- often used with the verbs take and lay.
  • n. The authority or ground to take or keep; claim.
  • n. Binding power and influence.
  • n. Something that may be grasped; means of support.
  • n. A place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard.
  • n. A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; -- often called a stronghold.
  • n. A character [thus �] placed over or under a note or rest, and indicating that it is to be prolonged; -- called also pause, and corona.
  • The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • To keep fast or close, as in the grasp of the hand; control or prevent the movement or action of, by grasping, binding, arresting, or other means of constraint or detention; retain; keep: as, to hold a horse by the bridle; to hold a prisoner in chains; to hold the attention of an audience; to hold one's self in readiness.
  • To keep back; detain: as, goods held for the payment of duties.
  • To keep back from action; restrain from action or manifestation; withhold; restrain; check.
  • To contain, or be capable of containing; have capacity or accommodation for: as, a basket holding two bushels; the church holds two thousand people.
  • To pursue, prosecute, or carry on; entertain; employ; sustain: as, to hold one's course; to hold a court or a meeting; to hold an argument; to hold intercourse.
  • Specifically, in music: To sing or play, as one of several parts in a harmony: as, to hold the tenor in a glee.
  • To maintain in one part, as a tone, while the other parts progress; dwell upon.
  • To have and retain as one's own; be vested with title to; own: as, to hold a mortgage.
  • To have or be in possession of; occupy: as, to hold land adversely; to hold office.
  • To maintain; uphold; defend: as, to hold one's own; to hold one's right against all comers.
  • To entertain in the mind; regard, or regard as; consider, deem, esteem, or judge to be: as, to hold an opinion or a prejudice; to hold one's self free to act.
  • To decide; lay down the law: as, the court held that the plaintiff was entitled to recover.
  • To bear; endure.
  • To support; maintain; keep up; bear; carry.
  • To keep or set apart as belonging to some one; keep.
  • To bet; wager.
  • To continue to resist or endure.
  • Said of a tone in music whose duration extends over from one measure to the next.
  • To sustain; keep from falling or sinking; hence, to support; uphold.
  • To forcibly stop and rob on the highway: as, to hold up a stage or a mail-carrier.
  • To be sound or consistent throughout; not to be leaky or untenable: as, the argument does not hold water.
  • To keep or maintain a grasp or connection, literally or figuratively; adhere; cling; be or remain unbroken or undetached; not to give way: as, hold on by a rope; the anchor holds well; he holds to his agreement.
  • To maintain a position or a condition; stand fast; remain; continue; last: as, hold still; the garrison held out; my promise holds good.
  • To hold one's way; keep going on; go forward; proceed.
  • To be restrained; refrain; cease or pause in doing something: commonly used in the imperative.
  • To have a possession, right, or privilege; derive title: followed by of, from, or under: as, to hold directly of or from the crown; tenants holding under long leases.
  • In shooting, to take aim.
  • To continue; keep going.
  • To stop; halt: chiefly in the imperative.
  • To aim directly at moving game.
  • To stop; cease; especially, to stop raining.
  • To continue the same speed; keep up the pace: a word of command to hunting-dogs.
  • In sporting, to maintain one's record, score, performance, or winnings.
  • n. The act of holding; a grasp, grip, or clutch; a seizure or taking possession; hence, controlling force: as, to take hold; to lay hold of; to keep hold of a thing; imagination has a strong hold upon him.
  • n. Something which may be grasped for support; that which supports; support.
  • n. Confinement; imprisonment; keeping.
  • n. A fortified place; a place of security; a castle; a stronghold.
  • n. A dwelling; habitation.
  • n. In law, land in possession; holding; the estate held; tenure: as, freehold, estate held in fee or for life, this being anciently the estate or tenure of a freeman; leasehold, a holding by lease.
  • n. In musical notation, the sign or , placed over or under a note or rest, indicating a pause, the duration of which depends upon the performer's discretion; a pause or fermata. It is also placed over a bar to indicate either the end of a repeat or a pause between two distinct sections.
  • Gracious; friendly; faithful; true.
  • n. Nautical, the interior of a ship or vessel below the deck, or below the lower deck, in which the stores and freight are stowed.
  • Same as hold, intransitive verb, 7.
  • To hold or back up (a rivet which is being headed over).
  • Specifically, in archery, to make a short pause, after drawing a bow, for fixing the aim and preparing to loose the bowstring.
  • Of a female animal, to retain the spermatozoa of the male so that she may become pregnant.
  • n. In old Eng. hist., the title of an officer in the Danelaw corresponding to the high reeve among the English.
  • WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  • v. organize or be responsible for
  • v. hold the attention of
  • v. have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
  • n. understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
  • v. have room for; hold without crowding
  • n. time during which some action is awaited
  • Equivalent
    Verb Form
    held    holding    holds   
    Words that are more generic or abstract
    direct    captivate    bewitch    enamour    catch    enamor    entrance    fascinate    charm    beguile   
    Cross Reference
    claim    have    keep    control    observe    occupy    manage    absorb    detain    restrain   
    held    pause    corona   
    Seat    house    sleep    grasp    hold close    lock    hold tight    trap    interlace    hold on   
    Words with the same meaning
    sustain    restrain    retain    keep    defend    have    possess    occupy    confine    continue   
    Words with the same terminal sound
    Nolde    ahold    behold    bold    bowled    cajoled    cold    consoled    controlled    decontrolled   
    Same Context
    Words that are found in similar contexts
    grip    go    possession    control    make    portion    weight    position    shape    cabin