Definitions for: Hold

[n] the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
[n] the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
[n] the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had
[n] a cell in a jail or prison
[n] (archaic) a stronghold
[n] power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; "he has a hold over them"
[n] understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
[n] a state of being confined (usually for a short time); "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police"
[n] time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
[v] keep from exhaling or expelling; "hold your breath"
[v] remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas"
[v] assert or affirm; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
[v] keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; "take for granted"; "view as important"; "hold these truths to be self-evident"; "I hold him personally responsible"
[v] hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound"
[v] be in accord; be in agreement; "We agreed on the terms of the settlement"; "I can't agree with you!"; "I hold with those you say life is sacred"; "Both philosophers concord on this point"
[v] declare to be; "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent"
[v] bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"
[v] protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
[v] aim, point, or direct; "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"
[v] drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry"
[v] have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him"
[v] be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?"
[v] stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
[v] to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"
[v] cover as for protection against noise or smell; "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one's nose"
[v] support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"
[v] organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course", etc.
[v] maintain; as of a theory, thoughts, or feelings; "bear a grudge"; "hold a grudge"
[v] cause to stop; "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses"
[v] have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; "She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"
[v] secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"
[v] hold on to
[v] have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade"
[v] take and maintain control over, often by violent means; "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"
[v] keep from departing; "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse"
[v] arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance; "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a table at Maxim's"
[v] lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
[v] be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds"
[v] be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone"
[v] keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"
[v] remain in a certain state, position, or condition; "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching"
[v] contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"
[v] be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"
[v] resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"
[v] have room for; hold without crowding; "This hotel can accommodate 250 guests"; "The theater admits 300 people"; "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people"
[v] have as a major characteristic; "The novel holds many surprises"; "The book holds in store much valuable advise"

Webster (1913) Definition: Hold, n. [D. hol hole, hollow. See Hole.] (Naut.)
The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck,
in which the cargo is stowed.

Hold, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Held; p. pr. & vb. n.
Holding. Holden, p. p., is obs. in elegant writing,
though still used in legal language.] [OE. haldan, D. houden,
OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. h[*a]lla, Goth.
haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf.
Avast, Halt, Hod.]
1. 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.

The loops held one curtain to another. --Ex. xxxvi.

Thy right hand shall hold me. --Ps. cxxxix.

They all hold swords, being expert in war. --Cant.
iii. 8.

In vain he seeks, that having can not hold.

France, thou mayst hold a serpent by the tongue, . .
. A fasting tiger safer by the tooth, Than keep in
peace that hand which thou dost hold. --Shak.

2. To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or
authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to

We mean to hold what anciently we claim Of deity or
empire. --Milton.

3. To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to
derive title to; as, to hold office.

This noble merchant held a noble house. --Chaucer.

Of him to hold his seigniory for a yearly tribute.

And now the strand, and now the plain, they held.

4. To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to
bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.

We can not hold mortality's strong hand. --Shak.

Death! what do'st? O,hold thy blow. --Grashaw.

He hat not sufficient judgment and self-command to
hold his tongue. --Macaulay.

5. To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute,
as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to

Hold not thy peace, and be not still. --Ps. lxxxiii.

Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost, Shall
hold their course. --Milton.

6. 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; as, the
general held a council of war; a judge holds a court; a
clergyman holds a service.

I would hold more talk with thee. --Shak.

7. To receive and retain; to contain as a vessel; as, this
pail holds milk; hence, to be able to receive and retain;
to have capacity or containing power for.

Broken cisterns that can hold no water. --Jer. ii.

One sees more devils than vast hell can hold.

8. To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or
privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to

Stand fast and hold the traditions which ye have
been taught. --2 Thes.

But still he held his purpose to depart. --Dryden.

9. To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think;
to judge.

I hold him but a fool. --Shak.

I shall never hold that man my friend. --Shak.

The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his
name in vain. --Ex. xx. 7.

10. To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he
holds his head high.

Let him hold his fingers thus. --Shak.

To hold a wager, to lay or hazard a wager. --Swift.

To hold forth, to offer; to exhibit; to propose; to put
forward. ``The propositions which books hold forth and
pretend to teach.'' --Locke.

To held in, to restrain; to curd.

To hold in hand, to toy with; to keep in expectation; to
have in one's power. [Obs.]

O, fie! to receive favors, return falsehoods, And
hold a lady in hand. --Beaw. & Fl.

To hold in play, to keep under control; to dally with.

To hold off, to keep at a distance.

To hold on, to hold in being, continuance or position; as,
to hold a rider on.

To hold one's day, to keep one's appointment. [Obs.]

To hold one's own.

(a) To keep good one's present condition absolutely or
relatively; not to fall off, or to lose ground; as, a
ship holds her own when she does not lose ground in a
race or chase; a man holds his own when he does not
lose strength or weight.

To hold one's peace, to keep silence.

To hold out.
(a) To extend; to offer. ``Fortune holds out these to you
as rewards.'' --B. Jonson.
(b) To continue to do or to suffer; to endure. ``He can
not long hold out these pangs.'' --Shak.

To hold up.
(a) To raise; to lift; as, hold up your head.
(b) To support; to sustain. ``He holds himself up in
virtue.''--Sir P. Sidney.
(c) To exhibit; to display; as, he was held up as an
(d) To rein in; to check; to halt; as, hold up your

To hold water.
(a) Literally, to retain water without leaking; hence
(Fig.), to be whole, sound, consistent, without gaps
or holes; -- commonly used in a negative sense; as,
his statements will not hold water. [Collog.]
(b) (Naut.) To hold the oars steady in the water, thus
checking the headway of a boat.

Hold, n. i.
In general, to keep one's self in a given position or
condition; to remain fixed. Hence:

1. Not to more; to halt; to stop;-mostly in the imperative.

And damned be him that first cries, ``Hold,
enough!'' --Shak.

2. Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to
remain unbroken or unsubdued.

Our force by land hath nobly held. --Shak.

3. Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to
endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist.

While our obedience holds. --Milton.

The rule holds in land as all other commodities.

4. Not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain
attached; to cleave;-often with with, to, or for.

He will hold to the one and despise the other.
--Matt. vi. 24

5. To restrain one's self; to refrain.

His dauntless heart would fain have held From
weeping, but his eyes rebelled. --Dryden.

6. To derive right or title; -- generally with of.

My crown is absolute, and holds of none. --Dryden.

His imagination holds immediately from nature.

Hold on! Hold up! wait; stop; forbear. [Collog] -- {To
hold forth}, to speak in public; to harangue; to preach.

To hold in, to restrain one's self; as, he wanted to laugh
and could hardly hold in.

To hold off, to keep at a distance.

To hold on, to keep fast hold; to continue; to go on. ``The
trade held on for many years,'' --Swift.

To hold out, to last; to endure; to continue; to maintain
one's self; not to yield or give way.

To hold over, to remain in office, possession, etc., beyond
a certain date.

To hold to or with, to take sides with, as a person or

To hold together, to be joined; not to separate; to remain
in union. --Dryden. --Locke.

To hold up.
(a) To support one's self; to remain unbent or unbroken;
as, to hold up under misfortunes.
(b) To cease raining; to cease to stop; as, it holds up.
(c) To keep up; not to fall behind; not to lose ground.

Hold, n.
1. The act of holding, as in or with the hands or arms; the
manner of holding, whether firm or loose; seizure; grasp;
clasp; gripe; possession; -- often used with the verbs
take and lay.

Ne have I not twelve pence within mine hold.

Thou should'st lay hold upon him. --B. Jonson.

My soul took hold on thee. --Addison.

Take fast hold of instruction. --Pror. iv.

2. The authority or ground to take or keep; claim.

The law hath yet another hold on you. --Shak.

3. Binding power and influence.

Fear . . . by which God and his laws take the surest
hold of. --Tillotson.

4. Something that may be grasped; means of support.

If a man be upon an high place without rails or good
hold, he is ready to fall. --Bacon.

5. A place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody;

They . . . put them in hold unto the next day.
--Acts. iv. 3.

King Richard, he is in the mighty hold Of
Bolingbroke. --Shak.

6. A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle;
-- often called a stronghold. --Chaucer.

New comers in an ancient hold --Tennyson.

7. (Mus.) A character [thus ?] placed over or under a note or
rest, and indicating that it is to be prolonged; -- called
also pause, and corona.

Hold, v. t.

To hold up. To stop in order to rob, often with the demand
to hold up the hands. [Colloq.] Hole Hole, n. (Games)
(a) A small cavity used in some games, usually one into which
a marble or ball is to be played or driven; hence, a
score made by playing a marble or ball into such a hole,
as in golf.
(b) (Fives) At Eton College, England, that part of the floor
of the court between the step and the pepperbox.

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Antonyms: differ, disagree, dissent, let go, let go of, release, relinquish, take issue

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