Dictionary and Thesaurus

  Definition of Hold
  1. 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"
  2. the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
  3. 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"
  4. a cell in a jail or prison
  5. a stronghold
  6. power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; "he has a hold over them"
  7. understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
  8. 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"
  9. time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
  10. keep from exhaling or expelling; "hold your breath"
  11. remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas"
  12. assert or affirm; "Rousseau''s philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
  13. 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"
  14. hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound"
  15. 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"
  16. declare to be; "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent"
  17. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He''s held by a contract"; "I''ll hold you by your promise"
  18. protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy''s attacks"
  19. aim, point, or direct; "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"
  20. drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry"
  21. have or hold in one''s hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him"
  22. 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?"
  23. 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
  24. cover as for protection against noise or smell; "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one''s nose"
  25. support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"
  26. organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"
  27. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"
  28. cause to stop; "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses"
  29. 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"
  30. secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"
  31. have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade"
  32. take and maintain control over, often by violent means; "The dissatisfied students held the President''s office for almost a week"
  33. keep from departing; "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse"
  34. 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"
  35. 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"
  36. stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President''s office while he is in a meeting"
  37. be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds"
  38. 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"
  39. 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"
  40. remain in a certain state, position, or condition; "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching"
  41. contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"
  42. be capable of holding or containing; "This box won''t take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"
  43. resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"
  44. 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"
  45. have as a major characteristic; "The novel holds many surprises"; "The book holds in store much valuable advise"
Similar Words: clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, cargo area, cargo deck, cargo hold, storage area, handle, handgrip, keep, appreciation, detention, custody, delay, time lag, postponement, wait, deem, view as, take for, agree, concur, concord, declare, adjudge, oblige, bind, obligate, defend, guard, carry, take hold, support, sustain, hold up, restrain, confine, bear, throw, have, make, give, harbor, harbour, entertain, nurse, halt, arrest, have got, retain, keep back, hold back, reserve, book, control, hold in, contain, check, curb, moderate, prevail, obtain, apply, go for, maintain, take, defy, withstand, accommodate, admit


See Also: check, turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold back, resist, hold out, withstand, stand firm, hold over, survive, last, live, live on, go, endure, hold up, delay, detain, keep in, exclude, keep out, shut out, shut, keep off, avoid, prolong, sustain, keep up, stay off, number, keep down, sequester, sequestrate, keep apart, set apart, isolate


Hyponyms: chokehold, choke hold, embrace, embracing, wrestling hold, ax handle, axe handle, broomstick, broom handle, crop, haft, helve, hilt, hoe handle, knob, mop handle, panhandle, pommel, saddlebow, rake handle, stock, gunstock, sense, extension, moratorium, retardation, settle, reconcile, patch up, make up, conciliate, see eye to eye, concede, yield, grant, subscribe, support, conclude, resolve, arrange, fix up, admit, acknowledge, superannuate, bastardize, bastardise, certify, call, beatify, canonize, canonise, saint, pronounce, label, judge, cancel, strike down, formalize, formalise, pledge, article, indenture, indent, tie down, grasp, hold on, cling to, hold close, hold tight, clutch, cradle, clinch, lock, interlock, interlace, trap, scaffold, block, carry, chock, buoy, buoy up, pole, bracket, underpin, prop up, prop, shore up, shore, truss, brace, tie up, bind, fetter, shackle, enchain, pinion, impound, pound, pound up, pen up, fold, ground, stoop, piggyback, poise, balance, behave, acquit, bear, deport, conduct, comport, sustain, keep, maintain, monopolize, monopolise, wield, exert, stockpile, hold down, keep open, hold open, save, restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle, suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer, curb, damp, mortify, cricify, deny, abnegate, train, catch, bate, thermostat, countercheck, counteract, pressurize, pressurise, continue, uphold, carry on, bear on, preserve, hold over, conserve, distance, housekeep, retain, surround, environ, encircle, circle, round, ring, enclose, hold in, weather, endure, brave, brave out, sleep, house, seat


Grouped Verbs: deem, view as, take for, agree, behave, acquit, bear, deport, conduct, comport, carry, have, feature, defend, guard, reserve, lend oneself, apply, contain, take, accommodate, admit


Entailments: procure, secure


Part Meronyms: ship, edge tool, hand tool, umbrella, baggage, luggage, cutlery, eating utensil, brush, briefcase, handbarrow, handcart, pushcart, cart, go-cart, baseball bat, lumber, cricket bat, bat, racket, racquet, ladle, saucepan, frying pan, frypan, skillet, spatula, carpet beater, rug beater, cheese cutter, coffeepot, coffee cup, teacup, mug, watering can, watering pot, carrycot, faucet, handlebar, handset, French telephone, aspergill


Derivational Morphology: take hold, grapple, grip, grasp, hold on, cling to, hold close, hold tight, clutch, seize, prehend, clench, clinch, clasp, contain, take, bear, carry, handle, palm, keep, restrain, confine, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, compass, apprehend, detain, wait, hold off, hold back, halt, arrest, check, retard, delay, harmony, concord, concordance, concurrence, agreement, obligation, bind, defender, guardian, protector, shielder, defense, defence, defense force, defence force, clutches, support, supporting, garter, supporter, holder, detention, custody, restrainer, controller, constraint, restraint, carriage, bearing, posture, arrester, arrester hook, time lag, postponement, stop, freeze, hitch, stay, stoppage, property, belongings, holding, material possession, rich person, wealthy person, have, retention, keeping, bearer, booking, reservation, moderation, moderateness, bridle, curb, command, control, mastery, upholder, maintainer, sustainer, capacity, content, container, cargo area, cargo deck, cargo hold, storage area, withstander


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