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."