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Definition of "Hold" :

noun: the act of grasping

"She kept a firm hold on the railing."

noun: the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

noun: the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it

noun: a cell in a jail or prison

noun: a stronghold

noun: power by which something or someone is affected or dominated

"He has a hold over them."

noun: understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something

noun: a state of being confined (usually for a short time)

"The prisoner is on hold."

noun: time during which some action is awaited

"He ordered a hold in the action."

verb: keep from exhaling or expelling

"Hold your breath."

verb: remain committed to

"I hold to these ideas."

verb: assert or affirm

"Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good."

verb: keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view

"Hold these truths to be self-evident."

verb: hold the attention of

"She can hold an audience spellbound."

verb: be in accord; be in agreement

"I hold with those who say life is sacred."

verb: declare to be

verb: bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

"I'll hold you by your promise."

verb: protect against a challenge or attack

"Hold that position behind the trees!."

verb: aim, point, or direct

"Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames."

verb: drink alcohol without showing ill effects

"He can hold his liquor."

verb: have or hold in one's hands or grip

"Hold this bowl for a moment, please."

verb: be the physical support of; carry the weight of

"The beam holds up the roof."

verb: to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement

"This holds the local until the express passengers change trains."

verb: cover as for protection against noise or smell

"Hold one's nose."

verb: support or hold in a certain manner

"She holds her head high."

verb: organize or be responsible for

"Hold a reception."

verb: maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

verb: cause to stop

verb: have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

"She holds a Master's degree from Harvard."

verb: secure and keep for possible future use or application

verb: have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices

verb: take and maintain control over, often by violent means

verb: keep from departing

"Hold the taxi."

verb: arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance

"Please hold a table at Maxim's."

verb: lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

"Hold your tongue."

verb: stop dealing with

"Hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting."

verb: be valid, applicable, or true

"This theory still holds."

verb: be pertinent or relevant or applicable

"This theory holds for all irrational numbers."

verb: cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., keep clean'

"Hold in place."

verb: remain in a certain state, position, or condition

verb: contain or hold; have within

"The canteen holds fresh water."

verb: be capable of holding or containing

"The flask holds one gallon."

verb: resist or confront with resistance

verb: have room for; hold without crowding

"The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people."

verb: have as a major characteristic

"The novel holds many surprises."