hold  

  • Pronunciation of hold: HH OW1 L D

  • Number of syllables of hold: 1

  • Definition of 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 a good grip"  
    • (n): a cell in a jail or prison  
    • (n): 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 who 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): 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 h  
    • (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"  
    • (v): maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"  
    • (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): 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): stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President''s office while he is in a meeting"  
    • (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"  

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